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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham City Council has passed an ordinance to increase minimum wage in the city to $10.10-an-hour by July 2017.

The council passed the measure during a meeting Tuesday.

Council President Johnathan Austin recommended the proposed ordinance, which calls for wages to increase to $8.50 in July 2016 and $10.10 in July 2017. Alabama has no minimum wage and federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies in the state.

The ordinance also calls for minimum wage in the city to rise annually in accordance with percentage rises in the city’s cost of living.

The ordinance comes weeks after council members, who serve in a part-time capacity, voted 8-1 to increase base salary for council members from $15,000 to $50,000 in 2017.