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Clerical workers in Lackawanna’s City Hall have been awarded a new contract that gives them annual raises retroactive to 2009.

The deal, approved at Monday’s City Council meeting, covers about 18 employees in Civil Services Employees Association Local 100, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

The contract provides for retroactive annual pay raises of $700 for 2009, $710 for 2010, $725 for 2011 and $735 for 2012, as well as a raise of $980 this year and raises of $1,315 in 2014 and $1,360 in 2015.

The deal is expected to cost taxpayers about $135,000 in retroactive pay.

The clerical workers also won increases in longevity pay. Instead of receiving an annual longevity service pay of $700 after 10 years of service, the clerical employees will now get $1,000. That number will climb to $1,200 after 15 years, $1,900 after 20 years and $2,500 after 25 years.

Also this week:

• The Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Council chambers in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road, to approve an ordinance adopting an expense budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014. Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski proposed a $24.48 million budget for 2013-14 that would increase city spending by nearly $900,000.

The mayor’s plan also uses $1.4 million from the city’s fund balance to lower the tax rate 14 percent for businesses and by less than 1 percent for homeowners.

City Council members expressed several concerns with the mayor’s budget at a recent work session.

• The Lackawanna City School District Board of Education will hold a work sessions at 7 p.m. Monday in the Superintendent’s Conference Room 202, 245 South Shore Boulevard. The regular monthly board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Martin Road Elementary School, 135 Martin Road.

• Lackawanna resident Brittany Packard, a Lackawanna High School graduate who plans to attend UB in the fall to study civil engineering, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship through the First Wind Scholars program. The program was started in 2009 to support college-bound high school seniors in the communities where First Wind, a renewable energy company based in Boston, Mass., has projects. First Wind operates Steel Winds, the wind turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg.