Councilman calls for 20 percent pay cut for Atlantic City officials

An Atlantic City councilman said the cash-strapped city’s mayor, city council members, and other officials should all take 20 percent pay cuts.

Elected leaders need to join in the sacrifices they are asking of city workers, said Councilman Kaleem Shabazz.

He’ll introduce a resolution next week rolling back the salaries of the mayor ($103,000), council members ($28,000) and the council’s attorney, whose salary the City Clerk’s office would not reveal without a formal public records request.

Shabazz also will ask several of Mayor Don Guardian’s appointees to take the same pay cut.

The measures are largely symbolic in a city with a budget deficit of up to $100 million that is at risk of being taken over by the state.

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