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Roanoke City Council delays decision salary increase

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In a five to two vote, Roanoke City Council decided to delay the decision to increase council members salary by 28.5%.and the mayor's salary by 15%.

Monday was suppose to be the second and final vote for the pay raise.

Several community members during the meeting expressed their disapproval for such a big raise.

"The workers don't like it as you heard in here," Roanoke citizen, Robert Grevely says "The citizens don't like it as you've seen today."

Councilman David Trinkle says he isn't surprised many people in our community are responding negatively to a pay raise.

He believes a 10% increase is more reasonable, with 8% compensating for the money council members will already lose if they do nothing. That's from a mixture of new pension and insurance policies that kick in starting in 2014.

The actual pay raise would just be two-percent, which Trinkle says is more in line with what city employees are given.

"It gives us a raise and it doesn't kick the can down the road with doing nothing," Roanoke City Council member, David Trinkle says.

City Council member Bill Bestpitch, who originally voted in favor of the increase, made the motion to post-pone the vote..which passed in a 5 to 2 decision.

it's very important to maintain good relationships with other city council members." Roanoke City Council member, Bill Bestpitch says.

Bestpitch responded to the community members who said they should have accepted the salary as it stands when they accepted the job.

"We knew what the salary was when we ran for office, but we also knew that it was part of our job to decide what's an appropriate salary," Bestpich says. "There's been mistakes in not making incremental increases on a regular basis is a mistake we need to correct."

While some feel no decision is better than the wrong one.

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