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Glendale votes against giving city council members hefty raises

Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

PHOENIX — Glendale voters said no to a proposition that would have given the mayor and the rest of the city council hefty raises.

About 75% of voters were against Proposition 424, which would have raised the annual salary for council members to 1% less than the median annual salary for Glendale city employees.

The pay increase would have begun on Jan. 1, 2020, and would have raised the annual salary for Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers from $48,000 to $68,490, and council members from $34,000 to $52,685.

Those against the proposition said the part-time nature of the positions and the fact several city council members have full-time jobs meant they didn’t need the extra money.

Proponents of the pay increase said that Weiers and the City Council have earned it with their recent performance.

Elsewhere across the Valley, Scottsdale residents decided to approve the issuance of $319 million in bonds for multiple city projects.

Questions 1, 2 and 3 all passed with about a 70% approval rate.

Fountain Hills voters chose three new members for the town’s Sanitary District Board of Directors.

Robert Thomson, Michael Maroon and Jerry Butler will all join the board.

Residents in 29 school districts also voted on bond measures.

Those results and all Maricopa County election results can be found here.

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