Council to discuss putting firefighter pay item on ballot

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles Firefighters are one step closer to possibly getting an item on the November 2012 ballot in support of a pay increase. This comes two weeks after their request was denied because the council needed more information on who would fund the election and other specifics.

Firefighters want a 20% pay raise over three years and want voters to decide on a millage increase to help support it. After further discussion, Council President John Ieyoub requested it be put on the agenda as a resolution for consideration.

"I think it would be irresponsible if we did not put it on the agenda for full consideration. This absolutely does not mean I support or oppose this specific item. But I think every council member deserves the opportunity to voice their opinion and I think the firefighters deserve an opportunity to present their proposal and case in a public setting," said Ieyoub.

"At this point there is no other source of revenue coming into the City. We've been told that repeatedly from this administration. We feel like this is the only viable solution at this time," said Will Veuleman, Lake Charles Firefighters Union 561 President.

The Firefighters Union will present their proposal and answer questions from the council at next Wednesday's regular meeting.

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