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Panel recommends 17 percent raise for Montgomery County Council

Thursday - 9/19/2013, 3:22pm  ET

Does the council deserve a 17 percent pay raise?

WTOP's Kate Ryan reports

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WASHINGTON - A panel appointed by the Montgomery County Council is recommending a big pay raise for members of the legislative body.

The Washington Post reports the seven-member committee wants to boost council salaries to $125,000 for those who take office after elections next year. The panel also recommends annual increases that mean council members would earn a projected salary of about $136,000 by 2017.

Council members are slated to make roughly $106,000 by the end of this year. The Post reports most members of the D.C. Council currently earn $128,340, while council members in Prince George's and Fairfax counties earn $102,486 and $75,000, respectively.

The Post says the citizens committee is chosen by the council to study compensation issues for elected officials. Members also recommended a boost in pay for the next county executive from $184,360 to $190,000.

The council will take a look at the panel's report on Tuesday.

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