Jun 10, 2013 1:49 PM by Ian Auzenne
The Opelousas Board of Aldermen will discuss tomorrow night suspending the annual cost-of-living increase for city employees. Opelousas Chief Administrative Officer Laura Balthazar says the last time employees received the 2.5% wage bump was in 2011. Budget issues, she says, has prevented the city from granting the raises in recent years.
"All the employees know that if we don't make cuts in other areas, employees would have to be cut," Balthazar said. "That would be a last resort."
Balthazar says department managers have cut everything they possibly can to keep the city out of a deficit situation.
If the board of aldermen approves the measure, it would then go before the Opelousas Municipal Civil Service Board for approval. The board of aldermen meeting will begin at 5:00 P. M.