Roanoke City Council votes for 10 percent pay increase

Compromise proposal requires another vote later this month, raise won't take effect until 2014

POSTED: 08:04 PM EDT Jul 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:34 PM EDT Jul 01, 2013 
Roanoke City Council
ROANOKE, Va. -

Roanoke City Council members voted for a 10 percent pay increase Tuesday. A majority of members embraced a compromise proposal that leaders say is consistent with the raises other city employees are receiving this year.

The proposal includes a 2 percent pay raise, and additional funds to cover employee contributions to health and pension plans.  City council must vote again on the proposal at its next meeting later this month.

State law requires an intervening election before a raise can take effect, so council members wouldn't receive the increase until next July.