Atlanta City Council passed pay raises for city workers - CBS46 News

Atlanta City Council passed pay raises for city workers

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ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) -

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday on the budget for the new year beginning July 1.

The council passed a 3.5 percent raise for most city employees beginning July 1. A 1.5% increase was approved for firefighters and police.

First responders rallied around the raises for the past few weeks.

Sgt. Carrie Mills feels they deserve a pay raise, especially after the City Council voted to give themselves a big pay increase.

"There are a lot of people who are not making an income that they can live on, and we'd like to see that increased," Mills said.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he believes employees deserve the recognition.

"I want to show them that I respect them and understand what they're going through in their own lives, and this is a way we can do it and we can do it without raising the property taxes of the people of Atlanta," Reed said.

People had a chance to sound off about pay raises for first responders and other city of Atlanta employees before the vote.

"They should be awarded compensation because their jobs are life and death on a moments notice," one man said.

Ken Allen, president of the police union, supports the proposed raise. He met with city leaders Monday morning.

"It is not a perfect fix, but we are at the table, and it gives direct some specific issues that we need and some resolutions for the future," Allen said.

His firefighter counterpart, Steven Borders, thinks more needs to be done.

"We've made some progress in the right direction, but we're not there yet. I think there's a lot of things that still needs to be addressed," Borders said.

Christopher King will have reaction on CBS Atlanta News at 11 p.m.

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