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Opening Arguments

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Lot of good reasons for City Council members to give only Clerk Sandy Kennedy a raise and vote no on a raise for themselves. This is the best one:

By a 6-3 vote, members then awarded only Kennedy the raise, with some members expressing discomfort in voting themselves a raise — especially in the same year in which they ended collective bargaining for non-public safety city employees.

Give the council an A. People shouldn't be able to vote on their own raises (unless it's me, of course). The way to do it is to vote for an increase that takes effect after the next council election. They also voted to not give the mayor a raise, which is OK with me, too. At $127,289, he already has the second-highest salary of all the state's mayors. And the proposed raise to $131,165 would have made him the highest-paid.