- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The mayor of Huntsville is pouring cold water on firefighters’ request for a pay raise.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1NumMal ) Mayor Tommy Battle says he won’t seek higher pay for firefighters in next year’s budget after an audit presented Thursday to the City Council found current wages are fair.

The Huntsville Firefighters Association has been pushing for a raise since February. It says starting salaries of city firefighters and police officers should at least be equal. Currently rookie police officers make about $2,200 a year more.

The firefighters have taken on new duties since their last raise in 2007. But Byron Thomas, Huntsville’s human resources director, said his department’s audit found no significant justification for higher wages.

Councilman Will Culver said he wants to revisit the issue at the council’s next meeting.

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