West Carrollton City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night against giving its members a 33 percent pay hike, which would have been its first salary increase in more than two decades. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

No raise for you: West Carrollton City Council rejects own pay hike

A measure to give West Carrollton City Council members their first pay raise in more than two decades has been soundly defeated.

The proposal to increase council members annual salary from $3,000 to $4,000 was rejected 6-1 by that body Tuesday night, with legislation sponsor Patrick Merris casting the lone vote in favor.

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City council last approved a pay raise for its members in 1991. The 33 percent proposed hike – if approved – would not have not taken affect until after current members faced re-election.

Mayor Jeff Sanner had said he was against including an increase for his position in the proposal. He said the timing was not right and compensation shouldn’t be an issue among council members.

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Council members declined to comment on the issue Tuesday night. But others who voted against the measure had earlier expressed similar thoughts as Sanner.

Merris had said he thought that more than 25 years was more than enough time between raises for council members.

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