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Suffolk citizens concerned over recommended raises

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Posted at 1:00 AM, Apr 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-12 03:15:22-04

People in Suffolk are outraged. Many locals in Suffolk are outraged with their city leaders as they announced major raises.

Planned in the budget is a pay increase for the city manager, the city attorney, the city clerk and the real estate assessor.

The city manager is recommending a 21 percent raise for herself .

That would bring her from $151,000 a year to $183,000, which is a higher salary than Virginia Governor McDonnell.

The budget has set aside a 33 % raise for the city attorney bringing her up to nearly $170,000 dollars.

The director of budget and strategic planning says the reason for the raises is to stay competitive to salaries in neighboring cities.  There will be a public hearing on the budget next Wednesday.