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Atlanta Mayor Allows 50 Percent Council Pay Raise

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Atlanta City Council members will receive a raise after Mayor Kasim Reed allowed a roughly 50 percent proposed pay increase to become law.

Officials say the pay raises will take effect in 2014, and will increase the annual salary for City Council members by more than $20,000 to $60,300.

The newspaper reports Reed did not sign the ordinance. It became law without his signature and he will continue discussions about a possible pay increase for other city employees.

City Council approved the legislation in a 10-4 vote on Dec. 3. Council members said they’re not adequately compensated, and their pay has not been adjusted in the past six years to account for cost of living increases.

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