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Apr 20, 2012 9:48 AM by AP

Ascension council proposes pay increase

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish Council members have taken the first step toward giving themselves a 33 percent pay increase, boosting their pre-tax salaries from $1,200 to $1,600 per month.

The council introduced the increase on a 7-3 vote Thursday. The proposal will be set for a public hearing and possible final vote at a future council meeting.

The Advocate reports the introduction came with no discussion.

Councilwoman Teri Casso provided a copy of a pledge signed by six of 11 council members, including herself, saying they would donate their first year's increase - $3,500 - to a charity or nonprofit organization of their choice.

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