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Petition to oppose pay raises for Spokane City Council members fails

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A referendum to oppose pay raises for Spokane City Council members failed Monday.

Co-sponsor of the petition, Scott Kusel, says they collected 3,900 valid signatures, which is about 1,000 shy of the number needed to place the issue on a ballot.

“We're disappointed with the outcome,” said Kusel. “But we are overjoyed with the effort.”

Kusel says he has asked city council for a 30-day extension to try to collect the remaining signatures.

“We have more than 4,000 people who say yes we indeed do want a voice in this,” said Kusel. “And I’m hoping the council will respect those 4,000 voices.”

Spokane's Salary Review Commission last month boosted council member pay from $31,200 to $45,100, a 44 percent increase.

The pay increase is effective January 1, 2017.

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