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Rochester City Council member will change vote to no on pay increase

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- There was a light agenda for Monday night's city council meeting, but there's still a few concerns on the minds of council members.

Rochester City Council President Randy Staver brought up the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system they had previously voted on and approved and wants everyone to do more research into it, sighting concerns about closing a lane of traffic off.

Also mentioned, council member Shaun Palmer says he has received a lot feed back from his constituents that do not support the city council's pay raise.

The council took an initial vote and it passed 6 to 1, with Palmer voting yes, but he says he's not on board with it anymore.

"I don't support that we are going to have an automatic increase. It should be hard for us to spend tax payer dollars and to do this, you know, we didn't get into this hole over night and we shouldn't come out of it over night and I think people need to be more up front with it from a transparency perspective. We could have done this in March and said we were going to look at it and had a few more meetings, so that was the driving force, but listening to the people of Rochester was my big one," explained Palmer.

He says there will be a final vote on the pay increase at the January 6th city council meeting and that he plans to oppose it.

It was at the December 2nd meeting the council voted for a pay increase for council members that more than doubled their salary.

Holden Krusemark

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