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Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia confirmed Friday that he would take a 50 percent cut in his salary to help balance the city’s budget. Four of the seven Niles City Council members were at Friday’s meeting to hear how the mayor and his staff planned to alleviate a projected $130,000 year-end deficit. Niles is currently in a fiscal emergency and the state requires that the budget be balanced. Ten minutes into the meeting, Scarnecchia made his announcement:

“From now until probably January 1st, I am going to take a 50 percent pay cut in my wage.”

With that cut, he will be losing $34,000 a year.

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