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Residents want to vote on the ordinance that gives Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford a 15 percent pay raise.

Michael Ein

ATLANTIC CITY — Local officials will vote Wednesday on a new law that would give Mayor Lorenzo Langford a more than 15 percent raise next January.

The suggested guidelines would set the salary for the mayor’s position at 1 percent above the highest paid civilian working for the Atlantic City government. In this case, Municipal Judge Bruce Ward makes the most at $117,697. If council approves the ordinance, city code would change salaries for Langford’s successors and also increase his current $103,000 annual base pay by $15,874 — or 15 percent — to $118,874 as of January 2013.

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Local Republicans want to put the new policy to a citywide vote and are trying to get 2,000 signatures for a petition to submit to the Atlantic City clerk by May 9, according to a statement released Tuesday morning by Atlantic City Republican Municipal Chairman Mark Padula.

City Council meets 5 p.m. Wednesday in its chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 1301 Bacharach Blvd.

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