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Greenville council members discuss pay raise for employees

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council remains split over pay raises for employees.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports that figures reported to the council show it would cost $1.1 million to give city workers a 7.5 percent across-the-board raise, while it would cost $400,000 for a 3 percent raise.

Councilman Errick Simmons is urging council members to increase pay in the upcoming year’s budget, saying city employees haven’t seen a raise since 2009.

However, Councilwoman Ann Hollowell opposes a raise, saying the city is currently running a deficit.

Greenville Mayor John Cox has called for talks over city worker pay, and Greenville-area state lawmakers have pushed him to move ahead.

Figures show more than half of Greenville’s full-time workers earn less than 70 percent of the average pay statewide for their position.

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