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12:41 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Council Pay Cuts

Tulsa, OK – 2 Tulsa councilors oppose proposed pay cuts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Two of Tulsa's nine city councilors say they won't accept pay cuts proposed by Mayor Dewey Bartlett to help reduce the city's budget by $10.4 million.

Bartlett is asking police to take a 7.5 percent cut, firefighters an 8.6 percent cut and other city employees a 5.2 percent cut. Bartlett says he'll take the 8.6 percent cut to his salary.

Councilors John Eagleton and Jack Henderson both oppose pay cuts. Eagleton says his "modest contribution" wouldn't help and Henderson says he's not willing to give up his salary.

Five other councilors say they will take the cuts while one hasn't decided and the seventh says he'll follow the recommendation of the council's administrator.

Councilors' salaries are set in the city charter at $18,000 a year.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com