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      Benjamin gives back half of salary for bonuses

      Columbia City Council approved the measure at Wednesday morning's meeting.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- To help with the city's budget woes, Mayor Steve Benjamin is giving up half of his salary.

      Columbia City Council approved the measure at Wednesday morning's meeting.

      More than $8,000 of Benjamin's $17,500 yearly salary will go toward employee bonuses.

      The incentives will be awarded to employees who offer cost saving measures for the city.

      Mayor Benjamin requested the reduction.

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