UPDATE: Parkersburg City Council finalizes budget

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg City Council finalizes its budget during a special budget meeting Monday. Council members say city employees will be getting a 3.2% raise.

Council voted to give department heads a raise as well. The only employees that won't get a raise are the ones that had their jobs reclassified.

Also, the council voted to take $130,000 out of public works to go toward building a water slide that will go to the new water park that's opening in May.

Council says it passed a balanced budget.

Parkersburg City Council passes an amendment, Tuesday, with the intent to give pay raises to city employees. The amendment would give a 3.2% raise for all city employees, excluding elected officials, department heads and police for the 2019 fiscal year.

This, after a proposed resolution to try and give a similar raise annually for the next five years. Parkersburg Mayor, Tom Joyce, says that would cost one point five million dollars in additional pay roll over the next five years; a plan he called, unnecessary and unrealistic.

Instead council approved the amendment for the 2019 fiscal year alone. Possible pay raises for department heads and police can be discussed in budget planning later in the year.

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