West Baton Rouge employees get raise
PORT ALLEN - Many West Baton Rouge Parish employees will see a 5 percent cost of living increase in the next fiscal year, after the Parish Council voted unanimously to approve the measure.
Parish Finance Director Philip Bourgoyne said Thursday employees affected include classified full-time and part-time employees, including all appointed directors.
Bourgoyne added that the increase would be disbursed in a step program based on years of service with the parish.
"This gives a separation between those employees with more years and newer hires," he said.
Bourgoyne said the parish administration requested the increase be given after recent sales tax collections came in above budgeted totals.
The increase also comes after parish government asked its employees earlier this year to cover an additional 2 percent of their health insurance premiums because of economic concerns, Bourgoyne said.
The funds to cover the increase already were included in the parish's 2011-12 operating budget, as they are each year, Bourgoyne told the council.