HOUMA, La. (AP) — Nearly 700 Terrebonne government workers will receive a 2 percent pay raise this year if the Parish Council approves the measure later this month.

The Courier reports council members discussed the proposal during committee meetings Monday and will introduce the proposed ordinance during a meeting scheduled Wednesday night.

The council is expected to cast a final vote on the raises after a public hearing Jan. 22.

Parish President Michel Claudet said the raises aim to adjust for the increase in the cost of living.

The parish's budget calls for $207 million in spending, up about 2 percent from last year's $203 million. The raises are included in the budget and will cost taxpayers about $450,000 combined.