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Big Island officials may get raises, mayor demurs

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The mayor and city council members on Hawaii's Big Island may be getting raises, despite the mayor saying he does not want one.

Mayor Billy Kenoi told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald Tuesday that he will not take a dollar of the proposed raise. Instead, he will make sure it's donated to charity.

Salary commissioners are proposing a 21 percent raise to bring the mayor's annual salary to $132,000.

Salary Commissioner Brian De Lima said the mayor's opinion isn't relevant. He says they're giving the raise to the position, not the person.

County council members would get an 8 percent raise to bring their salaries to $52,000.

Commissioners say that even with the raises, Hawaii County Council members are the lowest paid council members in the state.

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