Amarillo City Council begins budget meetings: Proposes raises for city employees, more police and fiefighters

On Tuesday, the Amarillo City Council began a 3 day series of meetings concerning the city's 2018-2019 budget. The budget proposal includes raises for city employees, as well as additional staffing for the police and fire departments.

“The first priority is we need to get 11 police officers refunded. They were unfunded during 2016-17.

"We’re also going to add six additional police officers and we’re going to add back five firefighters while increasing overtime funding within the fire department.

“We’re going to propose a 1 percent raise and 1 percent lump sum payments for all employees,. We can’t realize savings here if we’re going to fall into a less competitive position when competing for people.

The Amarillo Independent School District is doing something similar to what we are doing, only they’re doing 2 percent on base salary. Canyon is doing 3 percent on base salary and Randall County, like AISD is doing 2 percent on base salary," Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller said.

The budget work sessions will continue on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

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