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Atlanta mayor says he won't accept proposed pay raise

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Mayor Kasim Reed Mayor Kasim Reed
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in an interview Thursday that he won't accept a proposed raise.

An advisory committee recommended hiking the mayor's pay by 25 percent to more than $184,000 and boosting the Atlanta City Council's pay by 50 percent, to $60,000. The recommendation was made after comparing Atlanta's salaries to other major cities.

"I think the next mayor should get the raise. But I knew the deal when I ran for this job. People are hurting right now and it's not the time for me to give myself a $25,000 salary increase. I don't feel about it," Reed said. "And I want to be very clear: I'm not making any comment about anybody else."

Reed told FOX 5's Russ Spencer that he thinks the council should be paid better than it is now.

If the council approves a raise for him, Reed says he will donate it to send kids to school.

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