Mayor Ness won't accept raise in Mayoral salary

By KBJR News 1

Mayor Ness won't accept raise in Mayoral salary

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth Mayor Don Ness says he won't accept the 25% raise in the Mayoral salary that the city council approved Monday night.

In a news conference Tuesday morning, Mayor Ness said he will not accept the raise due to moral reasons and that the salary should be about the position, not the person.

During a City Council meeting Monday night, councilors voted to raise the Mayor's salary from $78,000 to $97,500, which is a $19,500 increase.

The next time the city elects a new mayor, that person will have the choice whether to accept the increased salary.

The council also approved a resolution to select a committee that would review the Mayor's salary every two years moving forward.

The committee will be comprised of city councilors and three community members.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns