Boston City Council gives itself $12,000 raise – Metro US

Boston City Council gives itself $12,000 raise

Boston City Council gives itself $12,000 raise

The City Council’s months-long hand wringing over raising its salary ended Wednesday, as the officials voted 9-4 to bump up their paychecks by 14 percent.

The 13-member board is set to see a $12,000 pay raise from $87,500 to $99,500 starting in January.

The vote came six days before the municipal election, on Nov. 3. Had councilors not taken the vote, their salaries would have gone up automatically.

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The last time councilors saw a raise was in 2006. The board had been debating this latestraise for more than a year.

The 14 percent raise, proposed by Mayor Mary Walsh, was more modest than the one councilors voted in favor of last year, a 20 percent pay raise to $105,000, which Walsh vetoed.

But it was greater than the increase to $97,000 recommended by an advisory board earlier this year.

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In favor were councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston), Michael Flaherty (at-large), Stephen Murphy (at-large), Salvatore LaMattina (Charlestown), Frank Baker (Dorchester), Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park), Matt O’Malley (Jamaica Plain), Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Mark Ciommo (Allston).

Opposed were councilors Ayanna Pressley (at-large), Michelle Wu (at-large), Charles Yancey (Mattapan) and Josh Zakim (Back Bay).

There are five candidates for four at-large City Council positions in the upcoming election and there are contested races for council seats in four of the city’s nine districts.

Boston’s median household income was $53,601 in 2013,according to 2013 census data. One in five Bostonians live below the poverty line.