- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane City Council members will get a 44 percent raise next year, following a decision by the city’s Salary Review Commission.

The Spokesman-Review says the commission reviewed salaries of other elected municipal officials in the state, Spokane’s median household income and cost-of-living data.

Beginning Jan. 1, the six council members will be paid $45,100, a nearly $14,000 increase over their current annual wage of $31,200. Council President Ben Stuckart will receive a much smaller increase, about $1,400. He will be paid $58,630 a year.

Councilwoman Lori Kinnear says the increase was fair considering the amount of work members do.

Kinnear says the new wage would make public office more accessible to people who are not retired, independently wealthy or relying on a higher-earning spouse.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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