VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield and aldermen Sid Beauman and Michael Mayfield have voted unanimously to forgo a scheduled 5% pay increase for themselves.
Winfield tells the Vicksburg Post that the three thought it would have be unwise to give themselves raises at this time when city workers were not getting them.
Under a 2002 ordinance, the mayor and aldermen are to receive 5% raises in July of each administration's second and third years in office. Winfield and the aldermen took office last July.
In March, officials announced none of the city's 550 employees would receive any non-merit raises for the foreseeable future. Winfield says that policy, whereby employees must achieve a promotion or various accreditation to receive a raise, is still in effect.
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