Budget proposal lacks raises for Suffolk employees

firefighters at city council meeting

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A $539 million budget proposal for the city of Suffolk does not include pay raises for city employees.

First responders and teachers say they have not had a pay raise in seven years, but city officials dispute that, saying employees have had raises twice in the past six years. One teacher told council members her colleagues are moving to other districts in Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight County because they can make more money.

City Finance Director Lenore Reed told City Council members Wednesday night that a raise would not be sustainable given the city’s finances.

Suffolk City Council is scheduled to vote on the budget proposal May 7.


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