JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- After much discussion at a city council meeting Thursday, members approved the ordinance to amend the 2011 annual budget.
By approving the ordinance, there will be a 3 percent cost-of-living pay increase to all city workers and elected officials. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said at the meeting, "This year we have been blessed. Revenues far exceeded our expenses and our expenses are lower than what we budgeted. And so we felt like the 3 percent cost of living that we could take care of that."
Mayor Perrin says the money for the pay raise will come from the general fund. It has been almost three years since city workers received any kind of raise.
The increase will be back dated to October 1st, which would then roll over into 2012. No additional raises will be added for this year.