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Roanoke City Council drops proposed pay raise to 10%

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Roanoke City Council made a 4 to 3 decision to increase pay raises by 10%.

The 10% is much lower than the original proposed increase of 28.5%.

Here is how the increase breaks down:

As of July 1st, 2014, all city employees have to put a 1% into a 'Health Savings Account.'

Now, to make sure employees don't lose money, but actually get a raise, council is increasing their salary by 3%.

The increase doesn't include city council members, which means they will lost 1% of their salary effective Monday.

While, July 1st of 2014 all city employees will have to pitch in 5% into a pension plan.

If we add the 1% plus, the 5, that's 6%, which the Roanoke City Director of Finance, says to make sure all 1,700 city employees are completely even. that's an 8% loss, the city is working to compensate.

If the city council did nothing, they would lose 8% of their salary.

Council member Court Rosen, along with Sherman Lee and Ray Ferris voted for the 8% increase, which would mean no raise.

With the rest of council members voting for a 10% increase which would mean the council will get 2% increase, averaging out to $1,556 for the council, $1,656 for the vice mayor, $2,000 for the mayor.

This raise puts them more in line with what city employees are getting this year, though this won't happen for them until 2014.

Mayor David Bowers did change his decision from a 28.5% increase to a 10% increase.

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