Charleston City Council gave first reading of next year's proposed budget on Tuesday, backing a $132.5 million spending plan with no property tax or other tax increases.
Other features include a 3 percent pay increase for city employees, and bonuses that give full-time workers a one-time $250 extra, while part-time employees will receive $150. The bonuses already have been issued.
Final approval of the spending plan is set for Dec. 20, or 11 days before the city's next fiscal year begins.
The budget also includes a 5.7 percent increase for police, or $2.1 million, and a 2.7 percent increase for the Fire Department, or $591,000.