CHIPLEY - At a workshop Thursday, Chipley City Council discussed its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19.

The total proposed budget of $11,389,991 is about $3.2 million less than the FY 2017-18 approved budget of $14,584,451.

As requested from the City, The News will receive a detailed report of the proposed budget when it becomes available.

At the workshop, incoming and sitting council members chimed-in for clarity on various items, such as the debated $10,000 rolled into the budget for Independence Day fireworks and $20,000 for Christmas lights.

Amid that discussion, there was some conversation about the three-percent raise to employees - a handful of individuals stating funds would be better spent if added to payroll for raises.

The FY 2017-18 budget included about $106,000 in employee raises and, approved alongside the budget, was a new pay scale which brought the base hourly pay rate to $10.12. The pay schedule brought raises as high as seven percent to some employees.

"I think we got a good budget and one that we can live with," Mayor John Sasser said at the tail end of the workshop.

Chipley City Council will hold a special meeting 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 to adopt a tentative millage and budget, followed by a regular meeting at 6 p.m. The final adoption will take place at a special meeting scheduled for 5:05 p.m. on Sept. 27 at City Hall, 1442 Jackson Ave.