Denver City Council considers 10 percent pay raise for itself, mayor

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DENVER -- The Denver City Council took a step Tuesday to give council members and the mayor a pay raise of ten percent.

Denver is the only major Colorado city that pays council members a full time salary. They point out their pay has not increased as much as other city employees since 2003.

But when a lot of people just aren't making more money these days, it's a touch subject.

The raise would take council members from $83,000 to about $92,000 per year. The governor of the state makes $90,000. It would take the mayor's salary from $155,000 to about $171,000.

Some council members think the raise is too much. But after an hour of discussion, it was decided to send the proposal of a raise to the vote of the full council.

The measure goes to the mayor-council committee next Tuesday morning. And then it will have two readings before the full city Council during the two Monday night meetings after that.

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