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February 27, 2007

Albany --  Albany City Commissioners are poised to officially double their own salaries.   The pay raises will be voted on Wednesday night. If passed, commissioners' salaries will increase from $7200 to $15,000 a year. The Mayor's pay will triple from $8,200 to $25,000 a year.

Commissioners base their decision on comparison studies with cities like Roswell and Valdosta, but Commissioner Jon Howard says he doesn't like such a big jump in pay.    

"I still will make my point that it should have been spread out and we should have gotten it in increments over a number of years."  

Commissioners haven't gotten an increase in 20 years. If they approve the raises, they have to have a second reading on March 27th. If it is then approved, the raises will go into effect next January after an election cycle.  

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