Lynchburg City Council members approved a $2,000 pay raise for themselves andapproved the first reading of the new budget. It also fully funds the requests made by the school division and the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company’s request for a 17 percent increase in local support. Council also authorized staff to issue just over 105-million dollars in bonds to pay for Heritage High School and other projects. Tuesday’s vote was the first of two required to formally adopt the budget. The second reading will take place during council’s next meeting May 27.