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New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry made a recommendation to the municipal civil service board of New Iberia Monday evening that the city's civil service employees do not get a cost of living pay raise this year.

Mayor Curry says she cannot support a pay increase when the city is expected to run a one million dollar budget deficit by October. This recommendation, however, didn't sit well with some of the board members who spoke out against Curry's decision.

"We're proposing in our budget again this year not to approve the CPI other than for the firemen where the state mandates the increases" said Curry.

She says by forgoing the two percent pay raises for both unclassified and classified civil service employees the city will save over $105,000.

But, board member Kim Sheppard says, if the mayor is concerned with saving money she should eliminate her $12,000 travel stipend.

"As a leader you need to set an example if you are willing to give up your car allowance then I'll probably consider voting to have the employees cost of living increases suspended," said Sheppard.

City council member Natalie Robin announced to the board that she would like to do away with travel expenses for city council members, which adds up to $21,000 a year.

"If they don't get it I will be working towards putting a resolution to indefinitely wave car allowances in full," said Robin.

Still Curry says the city doesn't have a spending problem, but a revenue problem.

"There have been quite a few positions that have not been filled we are doing everything we can do to live within our budget it's obvious we are going to have to find another revenue stream."

The board will ultimately vote on the raises in September before passing their decision onto the city council.

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