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Biloxi council tables longevity pay again


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In a 4 to 3 vote, the Biloxi City Council decided to table cutting longevity pay. The newest resolution would have cut longevity pay from $15 to $10 a month. Currently, employee receive $15 for each month they've been employed with the city.

Instead of pushing the vote through, some council members requested another financial report. Councilmen Bill Stallworth and David Fayard requested a report from Mayor A.J. Holloway's office on how much the city would save if it froze longevity pay.  Employees would still get $15 a month, but only for the time they've worked up to this point.

The vote came down in front of a room-full of Biloxi firefighters. The decrease would have come on the heels of a cut firefighters learned of Monday. Due to budget issues, Biloxi fire administrators cut firefighters scheduled overtime. That amounts to about a $3,000 pay cut each year.

Councilman George Lawrence of Ward 1 also requested a report from the city administration on how much Biloxi will save from cuts to firefighter's scheduled overtime.  The Biloxi Fire administration, not the council, made that decision.  It said the decision was made due to budget constraints.

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