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City Council Overrides Veto On Pay Raises

A month after the original vote, the matter of City Council pay raises came full circle Thursday. The body voted to override a mayoral veto of the ordinance that would bump councilor salaries from just over 14-thousand dollars annually, to 21-thousand.

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The council debated for over an hour on the measure, which would give the council its first raise in 15 years. Council President Steve Martins took issue with Mayor Jon Mitchell withdrawing his support for the raises, after the July vote took place.

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Mitchell vetoed the raises two weeks ago, saying public employee salary matters should be discussed in an “open and transparent manner”. The raises will now go into effect starting January 1st.

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