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Duluth mayor turns down 25 percent raise

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DULUTH -- Despite a City Council vote Monday evening to boost the salary for the mayor’s position from $78,000 to $97,500 — a 25 percent increase — Mayor Don Ness said he will refuse the raise.

“It’s been uncomfortable and a bit painful,” Ness said of the past week of discussion around the raise.

He chose to remain silent until the discussion was voted on by the council. He expected that whatever it decided would ease his comfort level around the topic.

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