Amid protest from taxpayers over the mayor’s “sneaky” request for a $25,000 raise, the aldermanic finance committee bargained him down.

Just two days after winning reelection, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., submitted a request asking aldermen for a 22 percent raise, from $115,000 to $140,000.

Saying constituents were choking on that high number, aldermen at Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting settled on giving the mayor a $131,010 salary instead—a 14 percent hike. They also voted to raise City Clerk Ron Smith’s salary from $42,167 to $48,038.

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