More Money Proposed For City Officials

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ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-Atlanta City Council members and the Mayor may be getting a raise. Right now council members make $39 thousand a year  and the Mayor gets paid $147 thousand.

A proposal based on a recommendation from a blue ribbon committee charged by the city with studying fair compensation for elected officials says council members and the Mayor should be paid more.

The panel recommended the city council members get a raise to $60 thousand and the Mayor be paid $184 thousand.

Atlanta resident Charles Johnson says any pay raise needs to be scrutinized.

According to the AJC, the pay bumps would cost taxpayers more than $1.42 million over four years. The City Council will have to decide if they should give themselves a raise.

Felicia Moore, who chairs the city council’s finance/executive committee, said Wednesday she wants to study the recommendations further but leans towards supporting a pay increase. She did not say if she would be willing to sponsor a pay raise bill.

If approved, the raises would start in 2014.

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