- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish president and Parish Council members will be receiving a pay raise starting Jan. 1.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1N5DUCe ) the 2016 budget passed at Monday’s budget hearing has council members set to receive a roughly 23 percent increase in pay from the $13,837 they received in 2015.

Councilmen will receive $17,064 in 2016, and the council chairman will earn $19,200.

The numbers were specified in a 2014 ordinance approved by some councilmen.

Councilman Jerry Jones proposed a budget amendment, but too few council members were present Monday to vote on it.

Jones says he plans to revisit that and other amendments when the new council is in place.

The parish president will see a 63 percent increase in pay from $74,952 in 2015 to $122,341 in 2016.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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