The Nashville City Council approved a two percent raise for employees making less than $15 per house during a meeting held on Tuesday. Mayor Billy Ray Jones presented the proposal and said that the raise would be for employees making under that amount and for anyone making over $15 that those individuals would still be eligible for a percentage raise if approved by the department head, Mayor and City Council. Mayor Jones requested the proposal be added to the city’s personnel policy. The two percent increase would affect about twenty city employees, ranging from employment of about 2 years to 8 years, and would cost the city about $12,000 the first year. Monica Clark voiced opposition to the proposal and made a motion to appoint a committee to further look into the matter. The council approved that motion with an amendment for an update to be presented at the February council meeting. There was some confusion concerning which roll call vote was for the amendment and for the original motion, with 3 votes and 4 votes of no respectively. Council member Carol Mitchell then made a motion to move forward with a 2% raise for 2018, which passed on a 10 to 2 vote. Clark questioned why the motion was made and also why it was approved if a committee was going to research the issue. Mayor Jones said the vote was for 2018 only and was a temporary solution. The council also passed the 2018 operating budget on a 10 to 2 vote.