DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — Months after Detroit emerged from federal bankruptcy protection, a commission has voted to recommend a 2.5 percent pay increase to City Council members and the city clerk next year.

The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission unanimously approved the increases at a meeting Monday evening. The raises take effect July 1, 2016, unless two-thirds of the City Council votes to block them.

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The decision means that annual pay for council members and City Clerk Janice Winfrey would go from $76,840 to $78,761. Council President Brenda Jones would get a raise from $80,757 to $82,776.

Samuel “Buzz” Thomas, chairman of the commission, said that they are following the post-bankruptcy plan of adjustment, which had earmarked the increase.

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“All of the research and all of the data that we received from the Human Resources Department and from the CFO said there clearly is no money for any type of salary adjustment in 2016,” Thomas said. “The plan for adjustment that’s been adopted by the council and approved by the courts and the State have scheduled in 2017 a 2.5 percent increase.”

Mayor Mike Duggan didn’t request a raise, and his annual pay will remain about $166,000.


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