Columbus council rescinds pay raise

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has voted to rescind a $4,000 a year pay raise that would have taken effect July 1, when the new four-year term began.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the only dissenting vote was Councilman Joseph Mickens, who made the motion at the council’s June meeting to approve raising yearly pay to $21,500.

Council members will continue to receive $17,500 a year.

Five of the six current council members were returned to the board in the June election.

Supporters of the increase say it would have been the council’s first pay raise since 2005.