Compromise may save city employees’ merit raises

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham city employees are much happier Friday night after a compromised was reached that may have saved their merit raises.

Mayor William Bell and the Birmingham City Council say they’ve reached a deal that restores pay increases in the new budget.

Last night, five of the nine city council members said they would not support a five percent merit hike for the city’s 1,800 employees.

However, Bell says if raises are approved, city departments will see deeper cuts and Birmingham’s government will have to operate more efficiently.

The city council will vote on the final budget on Tuesday.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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