CATS workers get raises amid money troubles
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System gave about 200 workers raises this year, despite financial difficulties.
CATS officials say the money was included in the CATS' budget and is part of an effort to move the ailing bus system forward. Interim CEO Bob Mirabito said it's been four years since workers last received a raise.
"As far as the raises, that was budgeted and so yes, it was the appropriate thing to do. Obviously when you're talking about employees not receiving raises for four years, you deal with moral issues," said Bob Mirabito.
The workers had to reapply for their jobs in order to get the raises. Some were promoted and others kept their same position, but not without a raise.
News 2 requested a list of who received the raises and their amounts, but has not received that list.
These raises come as the system is dealing with an investigation into missing funds and money management. Recently CATS officials revealed more than $100,000 in fare money was unaccounted for. The system handed over an investigation into the matter to state and local officials this week.
Mirabito also told News 2 on Monday their chief financial officer, Gary Owens, kept $12,000 in company cash in a safe and didn't deposit it for nearly a year. This came on the same day Owens resigned from the board; he did not specify why he was resigning.