GALVESTON Facing declining revenues and risings expenses, the Port of Galveston won t give cost-of-living raises to its 80 or so employees. Not in the first half of the year, anyway. But Friday it will give each of them a one-time salary supplement of $1,000.

The Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the port, approved the salary supplement Monday by a 7-0 vote.

Each employee will receive $1,000 gross, although Trustee Benny Holland Jr. had wanted them all to net $1,000. Trustee Edward Walsh III, a certified public accountant, argued net would be far costlier because the port would have to cover both employee and employer payroll taxes.

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