Healthy retail sales will likely lead to a pay hike for city-parish employees as well as a small break in property taxes for residents and business owners.
|City-Parish President Joey Durel|
Healthy retail sales, along with a reduction in scores of government jobs, will likely lead to a 2.5 percent pay hike for city-parish employees as well as a small break in property taxes for residents and business owners, according to the 2013-14 budget handed to the council Thursday by City-Parish President Joey Durel.
Durel is proposing a nearly $600 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Nov. 1. LCG employees have foregone a pay increase the last two years. The property tax reduction comes via operating surpluses for mosquito control and the health unit.
The three-term city-parish chief executive is optimistic in the message attached to the budget:
The council will begin reviewing city finances on Tuesday, July 30, when it parses the budgets for the fire, police, public works and transportation departments. Budget hearings continue through Sept. 5, with a vote on final adoption scheduled for Sept. 12.
Read more about Durel's proposed budget via The Advocate and The Advertiser.
If you'd like to view the budget yourself, click here for a PDF. (The budget message begins on Page 7.)