Parish assessors could get a 4 percent pay raise for the next four years under legislation approved Wednesday by the Louisiana Senate.

The state Senate voted 28-10 for the measure. Senate Bill 63 now heads to the state House for consideration.

“This is local funding,” said state Sen. Fred Mills, R-St. Martinville and sponsor of SB63. He said assessors have not received a pay raise in seven years.

Mills also said it is up to assessors to determine whether they want to implement it or not. “It’s a ‘may’ bill,” he said.

State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said if assessors give themselves pay raises and people don’t like it, “they can vote them out.”

State Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, urged the state Senate to reject the bill, noting that state employees have not received a pay raise in years.

“Who speaks for the state worker? Who stands up for those who have gone without any increase?” Long said.

He claimed “great respect” for the assessors, clerks and other parish elected officials who have sought or are seeking pay raises. “But this is simply not the right time to do this,” Long said.