Columbia City Council members will consider "an amendment to the City Manager's Employment Agreemen
t" that would bump his annual salary a whopping 10% or $15,000, while he routinely claims City Hall is broke.
Under the new agreement, Matthes' base pay will rise from $150,000 to $165,000 annually.
In a controversial 2012 move, Council members doubled his severance package
. The Council-Matthes Bromance has been ongoing since he took office in 2011
In four short years, Columbia has become the highest cost of living city in Missouri
, with Matthes raising every type of city revenue, from parking fines and fees
to utility rates
At the same time, he declared City Hall too broke to afford more police officers or adequate sewer infrastructure; and in such dire straits, a fire station in central Columbia could only remain open if it was understaffed
His lying, illegal tactics, and handling of administrative tasks such as the firing of popular Columbia public safety official Zim Schwartze
have become textbook examples of how not to run a city. "Until the city of Columbia finds money to upgrade electric, sewer and other infrastructure, there can be no more development downtown," Matthes told the Columbia Daily Tribune in 2013. "The pace of development in the area has outstripped the electric and sewer capacity, which is 100 percent utilized."
Since then, the Odle family tore down Shakespeares Pizza, Opus
towers six stories over downtown, and developers have constructed thousands more student apartments.
Schwartze, meanwhile, is suing City Hall for wrongful termination.
The pay hike -- which other public and private employees only dream of enjoying -- follows the city manager's performance evaluation, which has not been released. Backing the big bucks: Mayor Bob McDavid
, leaving office in April.
"The Mayor requested,
on behalf of the Council, an amendment to the Agreement that would increase the annual base salary to $165,000.00
," the proposed pay package reads
Council members will introduce the pay hike Monday night, with debate scheduled for subsequent meetings.