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Pay raises for Des Moines city officials approved

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -  Pay raises have been approved for the Des Moines mayor and city council members.
   The raises are the first for Des Moines' elected officials in 10 years. The City Council voted 6-0 Monday, with one councilman abstaining but voicing support, to approve the salary increases.
   The mayor's annual base salary will increase by 70 percent from $30,555 to $52,000 starting in 2016. Compensation for City Council members will rise 22 percent from $21,340 to $26,000 a year.
   State law requires that an election take place before council-approved pay changes take effect. The next city election is in November. The pay raises would begin in January.

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