The Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a 12 percent pay hike during its next formal meeting.
During its work session yesterday Council President Jake Day pushed an informal vote to move the measure along.
But with reelection looming next year for all the council members and the Mayor there could be a symbolic problem.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that council member Tim Spies noted the economy still struggling and he does not expect it to get any better anytime soon.
The paper reports that last year the city’s metropolitan area lost around 3 percent of its employment – that the largest year-to-year drop in the country.
In December of 2012 a committee appointed by the Mayor recommended the raises to attract good candidates for the council and the mayor’s office.