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UPDATE: Spokane City Council schedules news conference about Mayor's proposed budget and potential raise

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Mayor Condon would receive of a nearly $7,000 a year pay raise under the 2015 proposed budget Mayor Condon would receive of a nearly $7,000 a year pay raise under the 2015 proposed budget
SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: The Spokane City Council is set to respond to Mayor David Condon's 2015 budget proposal. The council will hold a news conference Friday at 10am. The conference will be at the C.O.P.S. shop on W. Boone Ave. KHQ will be there providing coverage throughout the news conference. It is not known how the council will respond, or whether they'll back the mayor's proposed budget.

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The proposed 2015 budget for the City of Spokane was released this week, and according to an article released on Wednesday by The Spokesman Review, if approved it will give Spokane Mayor David Condon and his Cabinet significant bumps in their salaries. Mayor Condon's current salary is already more than Washington Governor Jay Inslee at $172,573, and if the City Council approves the 2015 budget, he will get about a $7,000 a year raise that will bring his salary to $179,484. Gov. Inslee makes $166,891. The city charter dictates that the mayor's salary be equal to the highest paid city employee. Fire Chief Bobby Williams clocks in as the highest paid city employee, making $172,573, the same as what Mayor Condon currently makes. Williams would get a 2 percent increase in salary under the 2015 budget, bumping his salary up to $176,018. 

The budget for 2015 also outlines a raise for Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. Straub currently makes more than $170,000 a year, but he would see a 5 percent increase in pay to $179,484, to same as Mayor Condon's proposed salary in 2015. 

Prior to Mayor Condon, Mary Verner voluntarily capped her salary at $100,000 during her four year term. However just days before she left office, she requested $140,000 in back pay, which was denied. With the budget already approved when Condon took office, he held his salary at $100,000 during his first year. In 2013, his salary jumped nearly $70,000 to $169,538. In 2014, he saw another raise to $172,573.

In comparison to other mayors in the Inland Northwest, Condon is second only to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who makes $182,333 a year. Boise Mayor David Bieter makes $110,000 and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales makes $131,560.

As mentioned, Gov. Jay Inslee makes $166,891 a year, while Cathy McMorris Rodgers makes $174,000 a year.

On the Executive level, President Barack Obama makes $400,000 a year, with a $50,000 expense allowance. Under the 2015 budget, Spokane's Mayor, Fire Chief and Police Chief would make more than 22 of President Obama's staffers, who make $172,000 a year. Vice President Joe Biden makes $230,000 a year. 

The raises proposed however are just that, proposals. The 2015 budget will have to be approved by the City Council, who will be looking it over in the coming weeks. 

Let us know what you think of the proposed raises by voicing your opinion on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KHQLocalNews

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