The Abbeville City Council approved pay raises for all city employees at a regular meeting tonight, according to Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Francis Touchet.
An increase in the city's sales tax was approved in May and went into effect in October. The 10.45 percent increase was approved to fund raises for all city employees.
Touchet said the first round of raises will go into effect for police and fire on January 2. The raise equates to $500/month for all police and fire.
A $2/hour raise for all municipal employees is set to take effect January 9.
Touchet credited Councilman at Large Francis Plaisance as being the driving force behind getting the sales tax passed.