The Chattanooga City Council is close to sealing the deal on employee pay raises and approving a $209 million 2012-2013 fiscal year budget.
The council met today during a special-called budget and finance committee meeting and debated how pay raises should be divvied up among the city’s 2,100 employees.
Several council members supported Mayor Ron Littlefield’s original proposal — a 3 percent across-the-board pay hike for civilian employees, fully funding the police officers’ career ladder and giving all employees who have worked for the city five years or more $75 in longevity pay per year of service.
The council will vote on the budget today at its 6 p.m. regularly scheduled business meeting.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...