ATLANTA – (WAOK/AJC) – Atlanta city council members have approved a 50-percent pay raise, for themselves, that is scheduled to take effect in 2014. Council members voted 10-4 to approve the plan, after a recommendation, following a review of salaries of those in similar positions in cities, comparable to the size of Atlanta. It means council members who now make about $39,000 a year, will see a jump to around $60,000 per year. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed would go from a salary of $147,000 to close to $184,000 a year. The mayor does have the authority to veto the measure, and he has already stated, that if approved he would not accept the pay raise. Some taxpayers question the move, saying other city workers need pay raises as well. City leaders say a 2-3 percent pay increase is on the table for city workers.
a holiday toy drive at Skate Towne with DeVyne Stephens Intervention, Jermaine Dupri And V-103 on December 20, 2009 in College Park, Georgia.(Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment)