Reynoldsburg City Council approved an ordinance Monday that freezes salaries for council members and elected officials whose terms start on Jan. 1.

Reynoldsburg City Council approved an ordinance Monday that freezes salaries for council members and elected officials whose terms start on Jan. 1.

An ordinance to eliminate health care benefits for all part-time elected officials whose terms also start on Jan. 1 will be further discussed during the next finance committee meeting on Nov. 7.

The freeze means the salaries for council members, currently paid $7,499.88 per year, and the council president, who is paid $8,400, will remain unchanged for four years.

Mayor Brad McCloud and city attorney Jed Hood's salaries, both at $97,803.10 annually, will be frozen for the next four years as well, city auditor Richard Harris said.

He said freezing the salaries of all council members will save the city about $6,300 over four years. Assuming McCloud and Hood would each get a 3-percent raise, freezing their pay would save the city an additional $22,000 over the next four years, Harris said.

He said the big savings for the city would come from cutting health insurance coverage for part-time elected officials.

Eliminating those health insurance costs, he said, would save Reynoldsburg $96,460 per year, or $385,840 over four years, but that matter is now up for further discussion on Nov. 7.

Two years ago, Harris, Hills and at-large council members Barth Cotner, Chris Long and Nathan Burd agreed to freeze their salaries for the length of their four-year terms.

McCloud said everyone is contributing to the greater cause in light of the budget concerns coming up in 2012.

"We froze our pay in 2008, and we should, that's part of the equation, and that was one of the recommendations of the ad hoc committee, so we said, 'let's take a look at that,'" McCloud said.

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