Mayor Stephen Mandel dismissed suggestions that he is taking a raise for the first time in four years because he doesn't plan to run for mayor this fall.
"I think that I work very hard and deserve the money," he told reporters on Monday.
"The other years my position against it was simply I thought it was too high for the environment that we were in. This year I think it's in line with what the budget should be."
Mandel is eligible for a salary of $163,926 this year. He earned $135,694 in each of the past four years even though he was eligible to earn more.
Mandel plans to announce a decision about his political future in February or March. He was first elected mayor in October 2004.