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Mayor Condon decides to decline salary increase

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Spokane Mayor David Condon announced he will be declining a salary increase in 2015. Spokane Mayor David Condon announced he will be declining a salary increase in 2015.
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The 2015 budget proposed by Condon includes $1.7 million in contractual wage increases. The City said in a press release sent out on Wednesday that cost of living increases resulting from labor agreements account for approximately $1 million of that total. 

Proposed salary increases for Mayor Condon, Police Chief Frank Straub, Fire Chief Bobby Williams, and the City Council members in 2015 are cost of living increases. The City said there are nearly 300 employees who are due step increases. 

Voters approved an amendment to the City Charter in August 2011 that sets the mayor's salary at the same of the highest paid City employee, which right now is Fire Chief Bobby Williams at more than $172,000. 

Many people were fired up last week after the raise proposals were announced, raises that would've seen Condon, Straub, and Williams make more money than both Gov. Jay Inslee and Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. 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. Condon said he intends to honor a pledge to donate $1,000 from his current salary to each of the remaining upcoming multicultural heritage months. 

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