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Apr 2, 2012 8:48 AM by AP

Report: Bossier City firefighters owed back pay

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - A 2008 pay raise was improperly distributed to Bossier City firefighters and an audit is expected to soon outline how much in back pay is owed.

The Times reports that the city recently discovered it owed some of its higher-ranked firefighters $615,450 in back pay. The pay increase was distributed as an across-the-board $400 a month raise but under state law it should have been calculated as an incremental percentage based on rank.

The newspaper reports that an audit on the amount of back pay Bossier City owes its firefighters and additional liabilities it could owe should be in the council's hands by the end of the month. Accountants were hired to figure out firefighter wages between Jan. 1, 2008, through this Feb. 21.

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