Raises not likely for Wiggins city employees

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Like so many cities across America, Wiggins faces budget challenges. The impact of the struggling national economy is being felt close to home.

For the first time in several years, it looks like there will not be any pay increase for city employees next year.

The mayor says the roughly $3.5 million budget will provide all necessary services, but pay hikes are unlikely.

"I would hate to say anything right now, definitely. But the board is not considering raises right now," Mayor Jerry Alexander said. "Something may happen, you never like to say never. We always have every year, the six years I've been in office, we've been able to give a three or five percent. But it's not looking good this year. But we're not giving up."

The new city budget must be finalized by October first.

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