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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2010

City Council unanimously asks panel for no pay raises

Advertiser Staff

All nine Honolulu City Council members yesterday voted for a resolution urging the city Salary Commission to not give them raises.

Council members cited the anticipated $140 million shortfall in the city operating budget as the reason for their position.

They each make about $52,000 annually, except the chairman, who makes several thousand more. They last got a raise in 2008.

The commission had its first meeting of the year yesterday. Its role is to make salary recommendations for elected city officials and top administrative officials by May 1 each year.

State lawmakers were criticized last year after they got a 36 percent raise that took effect in January. It was their first substantial raise in several years.