Pay hikes set for Atlanta officials

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 8:20 AM
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ATLANTA — An Atlanta city advisory committee is recommending pay hikes for elected officials.

The Elected Officials Compensation Commission recommends that pay for city council members should be increased from about $40,000 to about $60,000 in 2014.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the recommendations are not binding, and they could encounter stiff opposition if there’s an effort to implement them during the tough economic times.

The commission also suggests hiking the Atlanta mayor’s pay 25 percent, from $147,500 now to $184,300, after the next mayoral election a year from now.

The pay bumps would cost taxpayers more than $1.42 million over four years. They would have to be approved by the city council and signed by Mayor Kasim Reed to take effect.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/01/12 - 08:29 am
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Well deserved by all
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Atlanta, the number one city on the south. The busiest airport in the USA. The facts about the economy be damned.

Augusta, the number two city in the south. The busiest airport in ARC. Also known as the number two city in the number two business, will follow suit. The facts about the economy be damned.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/01/12 - 09:07 am
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Cover

Uh, oh. If these get approved, it will provide cover for another round of pay increases throughout Augusta city government from the commissioners down to the janitors. We must remain vigilant and oppose any pay increases.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/01/12 - 09:34 am
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Look out here it comes

We always seem to get a story of another city doing something and shortly afterwards we see the same suggestion or issues here.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/01/12 - 11:35 am
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A Pay Raise? No!

OC, that's because they are made from the same cloth. They need their own club, Oh Wait! They have one, it's called government!! A raise in pay means(to me)someone has earned more, a pay hike is something ordered for others, but everyone concerned gets some too!Just a bunch of undeserving liars and crooks!

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prov227 11/01/12 - 11:36 am
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These are all sacrificing public servants ...

They are just doing their civic duty. It's not about the money; it's about service to your community. No, the new generation of "leaders" are in it for the money. Government has become the wealth builder through rising salaries and favored contracts.

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