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Raise for public works employees could mean higher bills

Albany  - People in Albany will also be paying more for garbage pick-up soon. But, just how much more is still unknown.

A study by the city's finance department found public works employees are "grossly underpaid." The public works director is asking commissioners to raise base pay from $7.45 an hour to at least $8.57 an hour.

To pay for part of that raise, the cost of solid waste and sewer services would go up. "If the recommendations are approved, you'll see an increase in your bill. We just haven't quantified it yet," said Phil Roberson, Public Works Director.

As budget talks continue Wednesday, city commissioners are expected to discuss raises for public works employees and the hike in the cost of garbage pick-up and sewer services.

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