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March 17, 2014

Council's salary raise delayed

Ethics quandary arose while city solicitor on vacation


After hearing that the pay bump for his own position would be delayed, Eppley voted in favor of the raises during the second round of voting last week.

This time around, Councilor Arthur Sargent delivered the sole vote in opposition, saying he was open to a raise for the mayor but thought $20,000 was excessive. He had been absent for the first full vote on the matter but previously voted against the raise at a subcommittee meeting.

“I thought it was too much,” Sargent said.

Councilor Josh Turiel previously voted against the raise in a subcommittee but ultimately sided with the majority.

The mayor’s raise will still take effect in January 2015.

Eppley has said he intends to introduce a proposal that would end the link between the mayor’s salary and the council’s.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at




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