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Helena-West Helena elected officials with degrees paid more

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - City council members in Helena-West Helena who've completed higher levels of education are paid more under Helena-West Helena's 2008 city budget.

Mayor James Valley, who benefits from the new budget provision, said the purpose is to attract better educated people to public service. But some city council members say the line item was slipped into the budget and council members unknowingly approved it.

The mayor said the educational pay increases were part of a draft budget that aldermen received more than three weeks before the council approved the budget.

Pay raises were approved for six aldermen who have college degrees. The four members with high school diplomas will keep their $7,200 annual salary.

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