After urging city workers to slash their pay and consider ways to shrink their pensions, the San Jose City Council voted Tuesday to swallow the same bitter pill.

In an 8-3 vote, the council accepted the 10 percent pay cuts for the mayor and 10 council members recommended by the council’s salary-setting commission.

In addition to seeing their official pay rate cut from $90,000 to $81,000 a year, their monthly car allowances will drop from $600 to $350. The mayor’s official pay rate will be cut from $127,000 to $114,000 a year.

“It’s important for us to set an example,” Councilwoman Rose Herrera said.

The reductions will save the city $103,000, a drop in the bucket as it struggles to close a $115 million budget deficit.

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