- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - City of Alexandria employees will benefit from 2 percent pay raises and the city picking up increases in health insurance costs.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1c9Mkwv) the city council on Tuesday voted to specify that employees will get the 2 percent, across-the-board raises and that the city would fund the extra insurance costs in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.

Councilman Harry Silver, chairman of the council’s Finance and Legal Affairs Committee, said the vote was a “procedural” move to clarify those expenditures for the $220 million budget for fiscal 2015-16.

Across-the-board pay raises of 2 percent will cost the city about $800,000 a year. The city picking up the increased cost in health insurance results in savings to city employees of $350,000 to $500,000 a year.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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