Laurel city employees may see first pay raise in years

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel city employees can expect to see a hike in their pay checks. The city proposed a three percent pay raise for city employees as a part of the 2012 fiscal year budget.

This would be the first time a pay increase has been handed out in four years. Laurel Chief Administrative Officer Dennis Keveryn said employees deserve the raises; however, the city will remain under a hiring freeze.

The proposed $26 million budget is not without worries. Keveryn said "We presented a balanced budget. The thing that worries me most are fuel prices. I don't know if we have enough in the budget for fuel, if the prices stay as they are today, we don't."

The council is expected to vote on the budget on Wednesday.

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