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Mayor opposes his own pay raise

A West Virginia city council has pared a planned pay raise for its mayor, but the mayor still says no.

The Huntington council first discussed increasing Mayor David Felinton’s pay from about $62,000 a year to $90,000. On Monday, the council dropped it to $80,000 and is expected to vote in two weeks.

Council members say it’s needed to attract top candidates to run West Virginia’s second-largest city.

But Felinton still says he’ll veto any raise because the city has other priorities. Other city workers will get no raises next year and are making concessions in health insurance coverage. He says he’ll support a raise in better economic conditions.

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