Chattanooga City Council taking second look at pay raises

photo Pam Ladd

BY THE NUMBERS

• $209 million: Total city budget for fiscal year 2012-13.• $1.5 million: Total set aside for across-the-board civilian raises and longevity pay.• $1.3 million: Amount set aside for police and fire career ladders.Source: Chattanooga

The Chattanooga City Council will mull over how to divvy out pay raises for another week.

The council took an informal 5-4 vote Tuesday during a Budget and Finance Committee meeting, stating it did not want to consider a 3 percent across-the-board pay raise for city employees that are not sworn officers.

But opinions vary on what the raise should be, if any.

Council Chairwoman Pam Ladd said she would rather look at a pay raise system based upon merit.