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Councilors set hearing date on raising their pay

A Boston City Council committee has scheduled a hearing later this month on boosting councilors’ salaries by $25,000.

The move comes after Council President Bill Linehan proposed hiking his and his 12 colleagues’ annual salaries from $87,500 to $112,500.

Councilors discussed the issue at their weekly meeting Wednesday, and the government operations committee has slated a hearing for 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 in council chambers in City Hall.

The proposed pay increase has been met with some praise and much criticism from a skeptical public, who say councilors do not deserve a pay hike.

The state Ethics Commission has also inquired about whether a raise this year is a violation of the state’s conflict of interest law, which forbids municipal workers from voting on any measure in which they have a financial interest.


The council can vote on a pay raise, but it cannot take effect until after the next council election, the commission’s website says. The city’s corporation counsel also has said that any vote prior to the 2015 election would be a violation of the state’s conflict of interest law.


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Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.