Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Las Vegas Councilors Get a Raise.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Salary Must Match County

Members of the Las Vegas, N.M., City Council saw a healthy addition to their paychecks during the last pay period.

"At first yes, there was some flak about it, but I've told people that the council is working very hard and this council is united to get things done," said Councilor Richard Maestas.

The annual salaries of all councilors went up from $12,310 to $17,264 annually.

Each of the eight members of the council and the mayor received the pay increase after administrators and Dave Romero, a lawyer for the city's special projects, studied a 1997 City Council vote. Back then, council members agreed to be paid the same salary as members of the San Miguel County Commission. …

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