The Clarion-Ledger, 11/11/8

The Jackson City Council on Monday voted down continuing to give low-paid public works employees a $2-per-hour raise.

The raise, proposed by Mayor Frank Melton, would have been paid for with almost $1.3 million in city savings and the entire Department of Public Works’ overtime budget, which is about $218,000.

Council members had signaled earlier this month that they would support the raise targeted at about 100 public works employees, such as maintenance workers, landfill attendants and custodians. On Nov. 4, they approved one week of pay increases for the employees.

But on Monday, the plan died in a 3-3 vote after a sometimes heated debate.