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January 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

King County Council trims annual pay raises

The Metropolitan King County Council members voted unanimously today to trim their annual pay increases from 3 percent to 3 percent or 90 percent of the local inflation rate, whichever is less.

Council members’ salaries this year are $135,525. The vast majority of county employees will get pay raises this year of 1.6 percent, which is 90 percent of the inflation rate.

The council’s action was intended to match employees’ concessions. There was no debate on the measure today. “This is about leadership, fairness and equality,” said primary sponsor Joe McDermott.

The state constitution prohibits elected officials from altering their own pay during their current terms. Because council members’ four-year terms are staggered, McDermott’s plan would affect five council members in 2014 and the remaining four in 2016.

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