STARKVILLE - Starkville aldermen have voted to move up a pending pay raise for themselves and Mayor Parker Wiseman by a year.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the action came Tuesday on a 5-2 vote by the board of aldermen.

The pay raise is a $3,000 increase to $15,000 annually for aldermen and an $11,500 raise to $71,500 annually for the mayor.

It had been scheduled to begin Oct. 1, 2014. It will now take effect Oct. 1 this year.

The raise was enacted earlier this year over a veto by Wiseman and before the present board was elected in June.

The new Starkville budget that takes effect Oct. 1 includes a 1.98-mill property tax increase.