Council members vote to raise their own salary by $4K annually

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has voted to raise board members’ salaries by $4,000 a year effective July 1, when members are sworn in for the next four-year term.

A 3-2 vote raised salaries from $17,500 to $21,500.

Five of the six current council members will remain on the board after July 1.

Council members say it is the first raise for the body since 2005.

Council members Joseph Mickens, Gene Taylor and Kabir Karriem voted for it. Charlie Box and Bill Gavin opposed it. Fred Stewart was absent from what would have been his last meeting as a Columbus councilman.

West Point selectmen currently make $18,000. Starkville aldermen currently receive $12,000 annually, but that number will increase to $15,000 in fiscal year 2015.

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