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Council pay raises
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Where’s the transparency?

It has come to light that members of the Covington City Council have approved a 50 percent raise for themselves and the mayor, effective in January 2014. The pay change was among amendments to the city charter that received final approval in May 2012.

But a check of regular council meeting minutes and videos indicates that the proposed raises were never publicly discussed. (You can read our story at

Council members say that the raises are warranted, both because they haven’t received a raise in a very long time and because as Covington grows, their duties are taking an increasing amount of time and energy.

They believe they deserve a raise. We understand that.

What we don’t understand is why this had to be done so far "under the radar."