Update 2:50 p.m. May 13: Roanoke City Council votes to postpone a vote on the proposed pay increases until June 3.
Today’s the day Roanoke City Council takes up the issue of a big pay raise: 28.5 percent for council members and 15 percent for the mayor.
With the rest of city hall looking for a 2 percent increase and no final word yet on whether the city’s teachers will get an increase, the politics of this could be pretty interesting, notes reporter David Ress.
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If you want to watch Roanoke City Council’s discussion and vote this afternoon, check out Blue Ridge Caucus for details.
The issue has been debated across several of our blogs, most intensely on columnist Dan Casey’s.
Here’s a quick summary to catch up:
Our news story explaining the proposed pay raises (and you can compare to other elected officials across the state): Roanoke council set to consider raises at meeting next week
The most comments (50+) can be found on this Dan Casey thread: Column: Mayor & council pay raises — they’re baaaaack!
Reporter David Ress explains why the Roanoke council pay raise issue won’t end quickly
From the Roanoke Times editorial board: Roanoke City Council is making a huge mistake
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