- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Pay raises for Gretna’s administration and police and an emphasis on streets and drainage are highlights of the city’s 2016 budget.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1FWCcCn) the city council unanimously approved Wednesday an overall $35.7 million spending plan that includes $17.6 million to run the municipality’s daily operations. The fiscal year begins April 1.

Employees in city administration will receive a 3 percent salary increase. The cost will be paid through savings from the refinance of 2004 sales tax bonds. In the police department, uniformed, post-certified officers will receive a 6 percent salary boost and support staff will get 3 percent.

The council approved refinancing a 2004 bond issue to pay for water and sewer system improvements. That will save the city more than $400,000 for the next 10 years.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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