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Published November 03, 2009, 10:22 PM

No Pay Decrease For EGF City Council

East Grand Forks city council members voted down a salary decrease for themselves tonight.

By: Casey Wonnenberg, WDAZ

East Grand Forks city council members voted down a salary decrease for themselves Tuesday night. If passed, the proposal would have cut all council members and the mayor's pay checks by $100 a month.

Council Member Marc Demers came up with the proposal because the council is having a tough time balancing next year's budget. Other council members say a salary decrease shouldn't be an ordinance because it would affect future councils, and no council would undo the ordinance because council members don't want to vote for a pay increase for themselves.

Council member Craig Buckalew says, “I think that 22 years ago was the last time these wages were addressed and raised.”

Some council members say they'll pay the city back the $100 each month.

Tonight the council also talked about a proposed two percent wage increase for some library staff. Most council members agreed that they shouldn't get a pay increase because all city departments are under a salary freeze.

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