My husband went for many years without a pay raise. At the same time our insurance premiums were going up, we managed and did not complain, after all, he did have a job. Well, he had a job until the state cut the program he worked for. If the pay raises are a reasonable expense that can be afforded, then go for it. As for the party, I believe it to be an unnecessary expense therefore they shouldn't do it. I am sure the city's employee's will be able to carry on without it.
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