The council asked him to do that before voting to accept an operating budget Tuesday night which includes a 5% raise for only employees who make less than $8 hourly and report to Mayor Bob Morris.
Alderwoman Chawana Fontenot voted against the budget, saying she’s concerned about employees who got nothing in the way of salary change.
Before the budget got to the floor, Morris withdrew his request for a $12,000 raise, urging the council instead to raise the mayoral pay to at least the regional average effective with the next election.
Fontenot wants a 3 percent across-the-board employee raise this fiscal year.
Alderman Dale Soileau suggests apportioning a raise, with lower-paid employees receiving a higher percentage than others.
Alderwoman Marguerite Fruge-Simpson thinks putting more pay into supervisors and employees with 10 or more years on the job is the best course.
She favors 5 percent for 10-plus years and 3 percent for 10 years and under.
Alderman Bubba Bourque previously recommended 5 percent across the board, though he didn’t pitch that Tuesday night.
Budget amendments adopted added $52,000 for the library and $50,000 for two police cars.