City officials have released the pay raise that has been set for the members of Edmonton’s City Council in 2013.

On Thursday, officials said the pay increase for the Mayor and City Councillors had been set for 3.22 percent for the 2013 year.

The number is based on the increase in average weekly earnings for Alberta – from a Statistics Canada report on payroll employment, earnings and hours, for the period of September 2011 to September 2012.

The raise went into effect on Dec. 31.

Last year, Mayor Stephen Mandel was eligible to receive $158,813 in salary, and councillors could receive $87,955.

However, some members of council have opted to receive less.

Over three years (2010, 2011 and 2012), the Mayor was paid $135,694.

Four councillors chose to defer parts of their salary to other items as well in recent years.

For example, in 2012, Councillors Don Iveson and Kim Krushell donated about $2,500 from their respective pay to the Donate-a-Ride Program – Iveson did the same the year before.

In addition, one-third of the salary for council members is tax exempt.

More information on compensation for City Council members can be found online.