The economy is on the mend but still has a way to go. Many people are seeing a pay raise but there are those who still have yet to see one since the up rise in the economy. St. Tammany Public Works employees are hoping for a pay raise for 2019.
This hope stems from a proposal given by Councilman Richard Tanner during a recent public hearing. Tanner proposed a 2 percent raise to employees that work in the Public Works department. It would cost the department approximately $273,000 for the 2 percent pay increase minus the department director. He sees the raise is justified because the department has its own funding source. This source stems from a dedicated sales and property taxes. Many others agreed during the public hearing on the proposed 2019 operating and capital budgets that the employees should be given a raise.
“Public Works does a fabulous job and it would be my pleasure to vote for this,’’ said Councilman Jerry Binder.
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, feels that giving raises to one department and not the others “is incorrect and wrong.”
“Everybody in this parish works just as hard as Public Works,’’ Brister told the council.
Brister voiced there is very little wiggle room in the Parish Budget. The proposed sale tax increase was a no go with voters last election. The two sales taxes that were denied would have brought in $22 million dollars annually. The current budget that Brister will be presenting totals to $99 million and will be adopted by December 31, 2018.