11/27/2013 05:11 EST | Updated 11/27/2013 05:22 EST

Calgary City Council Freeze Salaries; Hike Non-Union Wages 1.8 Per Cent

Calgary city council has voted to freeze their salaries and give non-union staff a raise of 1.8 per cent.

"It's a point that we're making, we're going the extra mile," Coun. Ward Sutherland told The Calgary Sun, adding that the 1.8 per cent increase took inflation into account and was "reasonable."

Nine out of 14 councillors and Mayor Naheed Nenshi were in favour of freezing council salaries in 2014, the Calgary Herald reports.

Wednesday's decision comes as council debates Calgary's 2014 budget. A property tax increase of 6.1 per cent is being considered.

Council will debate how to use the city's $52-million tax surplus Wednesday, the Calgary Herald reports.

The hotly debated surplus has divided council. While Nenshi wants the money to go towards flood-recovery related costs, most councillors want to use it eliminate a property tax hike.

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