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Terrebonne Council Could Vote Raises to Successors

The next Terrebonne council and parish president would receive pay raises under proposals up for consideration today.

Parish President Michel Claudet tells the Houma Courier he will introduce the measures to attract quality candidates.

The raises would take begin in 2016 after the next elections.

Terrebonne Parish Council members' annual salaries would rise from $12,660 to $17,064. The council chairperson's paywould rise from $14,244 to $19,200.

It would be members' first raise since 1998.

The parish president's salary has remained at $75,782 since 2005. Claudet recommends setting that salary at the average of Terrebonne's three other parishwide elected officials — the sheriff, clerk of court and assessor.

Officials say those three each earn more than $100,000 a year.

Parish government workers received a 3 percent pay raise in 2012.

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