Deal reached over controversial city budget

9:08 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A deal was reached on Monday over the controversial issue of pay raises for city workers. 

The City Council appeared to have avoided a budget showdown that has been brewing ever since that same City Council approved a whopping 52 percent pay increase for itself back in December. 

For many city employees, the one percent pay increased they were offered caused frustration and anger to spill over in recent weeks. Angry city employees even bought a billboard proclaiming that the city did not care about public safety. 

Some of Monday's deal highlights include 3.5 percent for regular city employees, 1.5 percent for police and fire workers and revenue from traffic violations.

Ken Allen of the Fraternal Order of Police said, "We care about them, we did the best we could." 

This plan will still need the City Council's approval, which they were still debating Monday evening. 

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