Landrieu unveils proposed 2015 budget; calls for police pay raise

Landrieu unveils proposed 2015 budget; calls for police pay raise

Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled his proposed 2015 budget Wednesday calling for an across the board pay raise for New Orleans police officers.

Landrieu is proposing a $537 million general fund budget for next year.

The Mayor wants a five percent pay increase for officers. Police unions say morale is low and the department is struggling to hold on to veteran officers.

Landrieu believes the raise he is asking City Council to approve will help morale and help the department attract more cops.

"One of the things that people said is we need more cops,” said Landrieu. “The best way to do that is increase their pay."

New Police Chief Michael Harrison said he is excited about the proposed raise.

Landrieu's budget also provides $11.7 million for the Fire Fighters Pension Fund and money for the NOPD and jail consent decrees.

The proposed budget also includes funding to hire another 150 new police officer recruits, funding for an additional 100 new police cars, $11.2 million for streetlight repairs and energy-efficient upgrades, and an additional $535,000 for Safety and Permits to continue to improve City Hall's customer service.

After laying out his budget for the news media, the mayor presented it to the city council.

Click here for more information on the 2015 budget.

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