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Grand Island city council approves member pay raises
After two unsuccessful tries, Grand Island City Council members will get a raise. It's just not as much as originally proposed.
By a unanimous vote at Tuesday night's meeting council members approved a pay raise of $7,200 a year. The original proposal was for $9,000 a year.
Council members currently make $6,000.
This change will go into effect next month.
Mayor Jay Vavricek made the tie-breaking vote "against" the measure two weeks ago.
Tuesday night, he wasn't budging on where he stands on the pay raise issue.
"I don't support it. I don't think it really is a measure that promotes any strong representation and I also think it sends the wrong message, but once again, we will wait and see what council determines," said Vavricek.
A unanimous vote also gave a $3,000 raise to the mayor's office bringing that amount up to $16,000.
But Mayor Vavricek won't see that money any time soon as that raise won't go into effect for two more years.
This will be the first pay increase for the council in 10 years.
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