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Lincoln growing; council salaries might, too

LINCOLN, N.D. (AP) -- City government in the growing town of Lincoln is getting smaller.

Four years ago, residents in the expanding community near Bismarck voted to cut the number of City Council members from six to four and keep a mayor. The smaller council took effect with this year's June election.

Council members recently gave merit raises to seven employees and proposed a small increase in their own pay.

Council President Karen Daly says the goal of the smaller council is to save money, but the city has grown tremendously and the workload has grown along with it.

City Auditor Melanie Kitzan says that before 2007, the average number of new home building permits was 30. Last year, there were 63.