Livingston Council Considers Raising Members' Pay

LIVINGSTON, LA (AP) — The Livingston Parish Council may soon approve the first pay raise for council members in a decade.

         The Advocate’s Heidi R. Kinchen reports Councilwoman Joan Landry is the sponsor of an ordinance slated to be introduced Monday night to increase each council member's pay from $1,200 per month to $1,600 per month.

         The introduction comes just under the wire. The parish's Home Rule Charter allows the council to raise its pay by ordinance but prohibits that vote from taking place during the final year of a council term — in this case, 2015. The raise, if approved, would not go into effect until the next term begins in January 2016.

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         The council last voted itself a raise in 2000. That raise went into effect in 2004.

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