BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden unveiled his $830 million spending plan for next year to the Metro Council. The budget proposal includes a two and a half percent increase over 2014. The mayor attributes the slight boost to a city that has seen a lot of new business.
City workers will not feel that boom in business just yet. While the Mayor's budget sets aside more than $3 million dollars for 3 percent merit raises for eligible employees, city leaders are still working on a bigger plan to increase salaries.
"Truthfully there has been a huge outcry in how much we're paying the people at the bottom of the scale, so we'll have to look at that and see what else we can do," said Holden.
Also missing from the budget is funding requested by the Redevelopment Authority, which the mayor has been very vocal about not providing.
The mayor's top priority goes to the city's police, fire, and emergency services. The budget provides for new equipment and training of new officers, fire fighters and EMS.
"Showing that the fire department, the police department, and homeland security will be ready to take on any disasters but also provide quicker and better services," said Holden.
The Metro Council will now hold several budget hearings to discuss the finer details. The first meeting will be on Nov. 18 at 5 pm.
A full copy of the budget can be seen