Shreveport City Council put off vote on pay raises for Mayor, Council members

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A move to boost pay for the next Mayor and City Council of Shreveport has been put off, at least for now.

The council was set to consider a pair of ordinances during Tuesday’s Shreveport City Council meeting that – if approved – would raise the future Mayor’s salary to $125,000 per year, up from $96,000. The future City Council’s salary would go from $15,000 to $25,000.

If approved, the new salaries would go into effect December 31, 2022.

But during Dist. A Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor asked to table the proposed ordinances until they could include pay raises for city employees, as well. Dist. B Councilwoman LeVette Fuller agreed with Taylor, and Dist. F Councilman James Green said that he would vote against the ordinances if they were to vote on it now.

The City Council was also expected to vote on a proposed firearm storage ordinance, which was also postponed.

The ordinance, introduced by City Councilman John Nickelson makes it a misdemeanor offense to leave a handgun in an unattended vehicle, unless the handgun is locked in the vehicle’s trunk, glove compartment, or locked in a container that is permanently attached to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view.

That ordinance prompted a rebuke from the National Rifle Association.

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