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Lafayette council to vote on ordinance to change pay raise procedure

Posted at 5:59 AM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 07:04:58-04

Today, the Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an ordinance that would change the procedure for council members to get pay raises.

KATC's Abby Breidenbach is LIVE at city hall with more on what the ordinance would change.

If the resolution is approved council members would have to introduce an ordinance when they want to accept a pay raise approved by the council.

Under current policy, when a raise is approved each council member tells the council office if they will accept or decline.

Council members William Theriot and Jared Bellard say their proposal would increase transparency in the city-parish government.

The proposal comes just a few weeks after pay raises were a hot topic during LCG budget hearings.

Before the final budget vote, councilman Bruce Conque withdrew his amendment to give members of the new city and parish councils a 10 percent raise.

READ MORE on the final budget vote.

On social media, Conque said that the amendment "deserved criticism and that the new councils should decide if a raise is needed."

Tonight's council meeting starts at 5:30.