Charlotte city employees praise budget, seek some changes

Charlotte City Council talks about budget proposal

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Monday night Sergeant Henry Rozell and about 30 officers took some time to support the city manager’s budget proposal, which would implement a 1.5 percent pay raise for eligible police and fire employees and even bigger pay raises for leadership in those departments.

Rozell says CMPD is 200 officers short.

“We need to all work together to get back on track aim for above average and set the standard moving forward. It all starts with your approval,” Rozell said.

City employees from solid waste and Charlotte Water all congratulated City Manager Marcus Jones for his budget proposal.

Part of that appreciation stems from a proposal to raise the lowest earning employees from $15 an hour to $16 and a $2,000 raise for employees earning less than $69,000 a year.

But it’s not all perfect.

An employee for Charlotte Water asked that the city implement daily overtime so extra hours worked don’t go to waste. A worker for LYNX said employees should get a shift differential and paid time and a half on weekends.

The next budget hearing is one May 23rd. The final vote by council is on June 10.

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