The city plans to spend $3.2 million to adjust the pay of more than 6,000 employees next year.
The one-time allocation will boost salaries to bring workers in line with their peers, or to ensure that managers aren’t making less than people they supervise.
Public safety staff – especially firefighters – have asked the city to deal with the problem for more than a decade.
The City Council revised next year’s budget this week and will vote on it Tuesday.
Salary increases made with this year’s money will be permanent, said Regina Hilliard, director of human resources. The money will come from empty positions, a strategy Councilman John Moss has proposed for several years.