Ascension board approves 3 percent pay raises

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GONZALES, La. (AP) – The Ascension Parish School Board has adopted a nearly $220 million budget that includes a 3 percent pay raise for its 2,800 full-time employees.

The pay increase is the first permanent hike for system employees since 2008.

Board President Troy Gautreau Sr. tells The Advocate on Tuesday the raises are long overdue.

Gautreau says the 3 percent raise and corresponding benefits increases will cost the district $5.6 million. He says the raises will be paid through increases in property tax revenues from the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The 2014-15 budget predicts general fund revenues of $219.8 million, $5 million more than the current year’s amended budget, which the board also approved Tuesday.

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