The mayor of Kirkland and his council have voted to give themselves substantial pay raises.
The raise amounts to more than 20 per cent, retroactive to January 1st.
Mayor Michel Gibson, gets a 24 per cent increase , raising his salary to $46,600 a year, but he's also giving up his city issued car.
The salaries for the six councillors goes up $3000 to just under $16,400.
Gibson says the salaries are in line with those offered elected officials in other demerged cities.