Jul 24, 2014 9:35 PM by katc
The proposed Lafayette City-Parish Government budget for next fiscal year would increase starting pay for firefighters and police officers, and raise pay 2 percent for all other employees.
According to the Acadiana Advocate, the pay raises, which would cost about $2.5 million, are the biggest additions introduced Thursday in the proposed budget.
Starting pay for police officers would go from $2,710 a month to $2,850 a month, with a combined budget impact of $782,000 annually. Firefighter starting pay would rise from $2,114 a month to $2,500 a month, costing about $1.4 million annually department wide.
The City-Parish Council will begin picking through the document line-by-line in a series of public hearings, starting Tuesday.
The proposed budget totals $604.5 million, but most is the city-owned utilities system and restricted tax money. Over the next few weeks, the council will discuss the $113 million in city and parish general funds.
The City-parish government's budget year begins. November 1. The council is scheduled to vote September 11 on final adoption of the budget.
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