SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Council members in a Tennessee town are debating whether to give themselves a pay raise.

The Daily News Journal reports the town council in Smyrna, Tennessee, is considering a proposal that would triple the mayor's salary and give council members a 150 percent raise. The council is scheduled to have its first vote on the proposal on Sept. 11.

The proposal would increase Mayor Mary Esther Reed's salary to $1,800 a month from $600 per month. Council members would see their pay jump to $1,000 per month. The vice mayor would get a salary of $1,100 per month.

Councilman Steve Sullivan said he sees the increase as a vote for future leaders. He said the town can't continue to pay elected officials so little and expect to attract quality leaders.

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Information from: The Daily News Journal, http://www.dnj.com