- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka City Council members said in a nonbinding vote they want to double their pay and that of the city’s mayor.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/29nyasg ) reports the City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday night to add roughly $132,000 to the proposed 2017 budget to raise pay for each council member to $20,000 a year - up from the current $10,000 - and for the mayor to be paid $40,000, instead of the current $20,000.

Supporters say $20,000 isn’t much to pay for what amounts to a full-time job. The current pay schedule was approved in 2004 and went into effect in 2005.

Tuesday’s nonbinding vote adds the pay increase to a budget committee report that the council will consider in August when finalizing its budget for the coming year.

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

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