The City Council on Tuesday night passed a budget that includes a higher amount for street paving, and it held the employee pay raise to 1.5 percent.
A number of city employees expressed disappointment over the amount of the raise, and several council members said next year they want to help those at the lower end of the scale.
Council members Chris Anderson and Carol Berz said continual across-the-board pay hikes keeps widening the gap between those and the high and low ends of the pay spectrum.
The final budget raises street paving to the highest amount in many years - $3 million.
To get to that amount, administration officials had to trim $412,000 from several city categories and contingency funds.
Councilman Larry Grohn voted against the budget, saying it includes programs "with no plans at all and in areas where the government should not be."