Mayor Adrian Perkins and councilwoman Tabatha Taylor announced a new proposal that would give 13% raises to all city employees including first responders at a news conference on Friday.
Perkins and Taylor will present the proposal to the City Council at the Dec. 28 meeting, and it will be voted on in January.
Perkins said his administration spoke to White House officials earlier this week, who said the American Rescue Plan funds the city was given can be used to enact raises. Part of the money also will come from the general fund surplus and the city’s upward-trending sales tax fund revenue.
Perkins said city employees haven’t received a significant raise in 10 years, and he highlighted work they have done during the pandemic and during the 2021 winter storm.
The Government Plaza’s lobby was packed with city employees in a variety of uniforms as the announcement was made.
“With all of the problems we have faced in the last two years, you never wavered,” Taylor said to them.
Taylor stood with Michael Blow, a man who revealed at a city council meeting Tuesday that he only made $13 an hour even though he’s worked for the city for 30 years.
“I do not want you all to live below the poverty level while working a full-time job in the City of Shreveport,” said Taylor. “The city that you worked tirelessly to make sure services are provided (for).”
The 13% raise for the fire and police departments failed Tuesday in a 3-3 vote after two days of hours-long public comments from city employees who felt the proposal was unfair, as they’d only been offered a 2.75% raise.
The failed measure was proposed by council members John Nickelson, Grayson Boucher and LeVette Fuller. It was only supported in vote by them.
Taylor and the other council members who voted against cited the inequity of the raises as their reason.
Kendrick Dante writes for the USA Today Network and is a government watchdog reporter in Shreveport, Louisiana. He enjoys cooking, concerts, and content. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on Twitter @kendrickdante.
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