According to the Orlando Sentinel on September 24, the City Council voted to strip a 21 percent pay raise for themselves and the mayor and instead replace it with a more modest 6 percent pay hike.
Mayor Dyer told the Sentinel that the 21 percent pay jump was justified by market comparisons to match the salaries of their peers in other counties. But he told the Sentinel that the pay increase sent the wrong message to the public. He told the Sentinel:
On any objective basis, the salaries are certainly justified. But upon reflection, while the economy is still recovering, I think the percentage of the increase probably sends the wrong message to the public.
Just a week after the proposed 21 percent increase, Dyer offered an amendment to reduce the raise to 6 percent, in which 4 percent would be a salary adjustment and the remaining 2 percent being spread out to all city of Orlando workers.
Orlando commissioner Tony Ortiz, who along with Robert Stuart casted a no vote to the proposed raise, tried to convince his fellow commissioners to reduce the hefty pay raise to 2 percent, the same as city workers. But no other commissioner supported that idea.
Stuart told the Sentinel that he does think that Dyer deserved the 21 percent raise. But the council, he said, should not receive the extra pay.