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      Pay raise for Louisiana police put on hold

      City officials will meet Wednesday to review a proposed salary increase for police personnel.

      Police officers in Louisiana, Mo. will not receive a pay raise as part of the upcoming city budget.

      City officials met Wednesday night to discuss raising pay to help keep more officers on staff and lower the turnover rate.

      Mayor Bart Niedner told KHQA that the city could not justify the increase right now, but that the general consensus was that officers do need a pay increase.

      Niedner plans to appoint an administrative committee comprised of city council members and city employees.

      The committee will develop a plan for working the increase into Louisiana's mid-year budget.

      Niedner hopes that plan will be presented to the city council in October and will go up for a vote in December or January.

      Had the increase been approved, it would have been included in the city's upcoming fiscal year budget, due May 31.