Over the objections of the Tea Party of Lafayette, the City-Parish Council on Tuesday approved a 2-percent pay raise for employees of Lafayette Consolidated Government.

The raise will cost LCG about $2 million dollars — money to be drawn from the city’s general fund, from a utilities and communications fund, and from grants. City-Parish President Joey Durel, who hadn’t budgeted the raise in his 2010-2011 fiscal year budget submitted last summer, requested the raise after Chief Financial Officer Becky Lalumia indicated that better than expected sales tax revenues in the second half of FY 2009-2010 made the raise affordable.

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