Committee discusses proposed occupational tax

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Councilman Glen Pruitt is spearheading the effort. He says he would like the additional revenue to be used to increase the salaries of those in public safety. He believes Montgomery should pay its police officers and firefighters more than any other city in the state. He suggests a starting salary of $50,000.

“What today’s meeting was about is looking at our Public Safety Department to see what it would take to make us the highest-paid Public Safety Department in the state of Alabama. What you heard today is we’re woefully understaffed, woefully underpaid. We got a lot of police officers and firemen that are having to work part-time or overtime to make ends meet for our city,” Pruitt said.

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