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City Manager's proposed budget includes pay raises

Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton has recommended a budget that has several cuts, but also includes a pay raise for city employees next year. He's proposed setting aside $6 million to boost salaries across city departments. Most of that money would go toward a 4.5 percent raise for police officers and firefighters. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe says the raises would be well-deserved. "Not letting them go a second year without a raise would be the best way to let them know that we do truly appreciate their work and that their work truly matters even in tough economic times," said Monroe. Under the city manager's spending plan, some of the money for the raises would come from cutting back the city's contributions to employees' 401(k) plans for a year. State law does not allow the city to cut contributions to police officers or firefighters from where it stands now. Walton's budget closes a budget shortfall of more than $10 million for the next fiscal year that starts July 1.