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Tampa City Council members vote against their own $20k raise

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa City Council members voted against their own $20,000 raises that were included in Mayor Jane Castor’s $1.9 million proposed budget.

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A spokesperson for the City of Tampa told News Channel 8 Thursday that council members Bill Carlson, Lynn Hurtak, and Orlando Gudes agreed to put the raises up for a vote.

“We are underpaid and that needs to be recognized,” Gudes previously told News Channel 8.

The council members currently make an annual salary of $52,060.

The raises, however, were ultimately struck down by council members Joseph Citro, Charlie Miranda, Luis Viera, and Guido Maniscalco.

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“A raise to me doesn’t mean anything,” Miranda said. “It’s what I produce and what the other six members produce.”

“I would prefer to wait until May 1, after I’m re-elected to enter into a different pay scale that I would be voted in for,” Citro said.

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