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Columbus Mayor Gives Back Pay Raise

COLUMBUS, Miss.- Columbus Mayor Robert Smith told the City Council to take back his $10,000 pay raise today.

Smith told WCBI-TV Friday that he’s giving up the raise because it’s distracting from other issues.

Smith has been criticized for breaking a 3-3 tie in favor of the raise during the Aug. 6 budget session that included approval of deep cuts in budget requests and talk of a possible tax increase or dipping into city reserves to balance the budget.

He earlier defended the money as a reward for his hard work. Smith earns $78,797 a year.

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