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(L to R) Scott Sanders, Kay Cmelik and Jeff Lester. Photos courtesy of the city of Des Moines

Des Moines City Council approved raises and performance bonuses for three top officials this week.

  • Since we're talking taxpayer money, here's the breakdown:

Scott Sanders, city manager

  • 4% raise (+$10,934), now $284,268 a year
  • $5K bonus
  • A week of extra vacation (He now has three weeks total)

Jeff Lester, city attorney

  • 3.5% raise (+$7,532), now $222,720 a year
  • $3K bonus

Kay Cmelik, city clerk

  • 3.5% raise (+$4,116), now $121,713 a year
  • $3K bonus
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Why it matters: It'll decrease travel times, improve traffic congestion and help reduce vehicle emissions.

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