Two years without a raise--Shreveport employees ready for budget talks...

Two years without a raise--Shreveport employees ready for budget talks...

Often times jobs that are physically demanding and only a small increase in pay....


          Last Tuesday's Shreveport city council meeting ended with a request. It came from the city's employees not working in civil service or those who are appointed.
         It's been two years since sanitation workers like Randall Burr have seen a raise in pay, and when it went up it only went up two percent.

  "We have families too. We're not asking the city to go broke but to remember us come budget discussion. You take a man working on the back of a garbage truck making just more than eight dollars an hour, and a two percent increase isn't much, maybe fifteen cents," Burr said.

    However, it's a tough budget time for the city. 

 "It may look like we have plenty of money for projects like street repairs, but those come from a different budget. Those come from capital projects and bond issues and we can't use those for payroll," councilman Jeff Everson said.

   Payroll comes from revenue sources that continue to drop, like sales tax.

 "We've expanded into a much larger city without much population growth," Everson said.

    The city's resources continue to be stretched, along with a dwindling reserve fund.

    The city's employees would like to see a pay raise between four and six percent.

   Budget discussions begin the first week of November.
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