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Decision on Roanoke City Council pay raise delayed

By Joe Dashiell
Published On: May 13 2013 01:06:13 PM EDT
Updated On: May 13 2013 04:06:15 PM EDT
Decision on Roanoke City Council pay raise delayed
ROANOKE, Va. -

Members of Roanoke City Council approved a new city budget Monday, but they delayed a decision on the controversial proposal to raise their own pay.

Members voted unanimously to postpone a decision on the pay issue until the afternoon meeting on June 3rd.

It now appears that a majority supports raising council salaries by more than 28 percent  to $20,000, and the mayor's salary by 15 percent to $23,000. Because the proposal requires two votes, and a member of council will be absent later this month, supporters of the pay raise moved to delay the decision until June.

Opponents also supported the postponement, but for a different reason. They wanted more time to give citizens the opportunity to express their opinions.