- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka City council members and the mayor will be paid twice as much next year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/2gLbmrs ) reports that a divided council approved the increase Tuesday night. The annual pay for council members will increase to $20,000 from $10,000. And the mayor will earn $40,000, up from $20,000.

Topeka has a weak mayor form of government. The mayor’s job duties include overseeing council meetings and performing ceremonial tasks.

Through the measure, governing body members also will consider approving a pay raise for council members and the mayor every four years. Any increase would be tied to the consumer price indexes of the previous years.

Council members last approved a pay raise for themselves in 2004, and the raise took effect the following year.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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