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Mayor's salary hike proposal called factor in city charter defeat
Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the proposed charter question, 57 percent to 34 percent. The Charter Commission, which can meet only once every 10 years, devised the slate of nine proposals earlier this year after numerous hearings and meetings.
Tuesday's vote doesn't mean that the ideas are dead for another 10 years. Aldermen, with a two-thirds vote, can place an individual charter amendment on the ballot. Some of the changes, such as the election fines, could be made through an ordinance.
"I don't think anyone disagrees the pay should be commensurate with the job, but people have a hard time swallowing a $32,000 raise," he said. "It should have been done incrementally."email@example.com
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