PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) – Public safety workers in Phenix City will be getting a raise soon, thanks to a decision made Tuesday night.
Phenix City council unanimously approved a $36.6 million general fund budget for fiscal year 2016. That budget includes a 5 percent increase in pay for police, firefighters and paramedics. Other raises for city workers will happen in 2017.
Earlier this month, council approved increases to fees for people in Phenix City, also included in this now-approved budget: 3 percent more for water and sewage rates, 8 percent more for garbage services, and 0.25 percent increase in sales tax.
"I would tell you this with the increase in trash and debris, still cost some more money but great thing is we are negotiated a rebate that we can possibly do back to citizens," Phenix City mayor Eddie Lowe said.
The new budget goes into effect October 1.
Additionally, $2,000 each was presented to five non-profit agencies at the meeting from money raised at the 2015 Mayor's Ball.