Lafayette City Council approves $3.8 million pay increase for police

Source: MGN

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City Council has approved a $3.8 million pay increase for police officers, raising starting pay from $34,600 to $40,000.

News outlets report that the council unanimously approved the increase Tuesday for all Lafayette officers, except the chief. The department requested the raise to keep officers from leaving in search of better pay.

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux previously said the entire $3.8 million won't be taken from the state's general fund.

Chief Financial Officer Lorrie Toups says the 2019-20 budget is already expected to use more than $11 million from the savings.

The council also introduced a pay increase ordinance for firefighters and Consolidated Government employees. The council is expected to vote on Nov. 19.

Toups says the combined increase would cost $7.3 million, depleting the general fund by 2023.

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