BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge City-Parish leaders met Tuesday afternoon in the Metro Council chambers and approved the 2015 expense and capital budget during a special meeting.
The $830 million budget is more than what the city-parish has seen in previous years. It includes a merit raise for the vast majority of city workers, but what it doesn't include is an across-the-board raise that DPW workers have been pleading for.
They have gone without a pay increase for many years. Several council members hoped to shuffle some money around to provide for that. But in the end, they were unable to do so.
However, council members and the Mayor's office both promised that a raise will be possible by spring of 2015.
"What we have is a number of hurdles to go over," said Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel. "We need to make some changes at the personnel board. We need to make some changes with the retirement system because this is not just about pay. This is about compensation."
The mayor's office said they've been looking at this for some time, and they're hopeful that a growth in sales tax revenue, as well as some of those changes, will mean that by the first quarter of 2015, they will be able to provide what workers say is a much needed raise.