The Lubbock City Council discussed potential pay increases for city employees on Wednesday, during a special meeting about next year's budget.
Mayor Glen Robertson says a big part of the budget is made up of city employee salaries.
"If you look at two departments, fire department and the police department, those departments are majority salary. You've got so much personnel. We've got over 2,300 employees at the city of Lubbock, so, it takes a lot of money to pay those individuals."
Council members also discussed ways to reduce the city's debt, which currently sits at a little more than one billion dollars.
This is the second budget work session the council has held this year.
Mayor Robertson says they will meet four more times during the summer months, before any decision is made.
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