- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

VERNON, N.J. (AP) - Council members have approved giving the mayor of Vernon Township a $40,000 raise.

Mayor Victor Marotta stands to earn $70,000 running the Sussex County community that is home to nearly 24,000.

Monday’s 3-2 vote came 14 months after voters blocked a $20,000 pay increase.

The New Jersey Herald (https://bit.ly/Ljew2Y ) reports at least one critic has said she’ll begin circulating petitions to force another township-wide referendum in November. Meanwhile, a judge next month will consider a motion that would block the pay raise pending the outcome of a lawsuit.

Vernon changed from a council-manager form of government to a mayor-council form in 2010. A nearby town of that type pays its mayor $7,000.

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Information from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), https://www.njherald.com

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