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Jackson councilman proposed public works employee pay raises

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – A Jackson councilman requested pay raises for public works employees after their efforts to restore service during the water crisis.

Ward Three Councilman Kenneth Stokes wanted to give the workers a $2.00 per hour wage increase.

That would add up to approximately $1.3 million dollars.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said he understood Stokes's sentiment. but the city simply can not afford the raises.

Johnson said there is a $1.6 million dollar decrease in first quarter sales taxes.

According to stokes, the money could come from the current $5 million budget fund balance.

The issue was placed in the budget committee.

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