A West Virginia city council is hoping to overcome opposition to giving the mayor a raise from the proposal's biggest foe: the mayor.

Huntington Mayor David Felinton has vowed to veto a proposal to raise his pay by nearly $28,000 to $90,000. He currently earns about $62,000.

Felinton says it sends the wrong message to the city's employees, and that the town of 49,000 has other priorities.

But City Council members say the raise is needed to attract top candidates for the next mayoral election in 2012. The council is to vote on the proposal Monday night.

The Huntington mayor hasn't had a raise since 1996.

If Felinton vetoes the raise, eight council members would need to vote to override his veto.