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Boca Raton City Council members to consider asking voters for salary increase

BOCA RATON - Boca Raton city council members are considering asking their bosses, the citizens, for a pay raise.

At tonight's city council meeting, the mayor and council members will vote whether to move forward with a plan asking for about quadruple their current salaries. City ordinance says any salary increase needs to be approved by voters. 

The proposal links city salaries to salaries of Palm Beach County commissioners.

The mayor currently makes $9,200 annually. Under the proposal, the position will receive 40% of a Palm Beach County commissioner's salary, or $38,355 annually.

The four city council members earn $7,200 annually. This proposal will increase their pay to $28,776 per year, or 30% of a county commissioner's salary.

The salaries would increase or decrease depending on how the county commissioners' salaries change.

Council members will decide tonight whether to put the issue on the ballot this August, during the presidential primary election.

If voters approve the salary hike, it will take effect October 1, 2016.

Boca city council members had not had a salary increase since 1984.

The next municipal election for city council members in Boca Raton is March 2017. 

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