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New Orleans budget hearings begin Monday

Mayor Mitch Landrieu outlined his proposed operating budget earlier this month Mayor Mitch Landrieu outlined his proposed operating budget earlier this month

From parks to police, city leaders consider how money should be spent in the coming year.

For the first time in eight years New Orleans police officers will enjoy a pay raise - that's if the City Council approves Mayor Mitch Landrieu's budget proposal.

Monday begins a series of budget hearings at City Hall. Over the next three weeks, every department of city government will go before City Council to present what they need to operate in the coming year.

Some departments will get more money to work with thanks to an increase in sales tax revenue.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu outlined his proposed operating budget earlier this month. It's nearly $537 million and 6 percent higher than the budget for 2014. Landrieu wants some of the surplus to go toward the New Orleans Police Department to fund 150 additional officers and pay for a 5 percent raise across the board for police.

“The issue then came up about how you're going to retain the officers we have and the best way to do that is to increase their pay and increase their working conditions, we do both of those things in this budget," said Landrieu.

Council adopts the full budget for next year on November 20.

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