Three months after auditors told Killeen administrators and council members the city should fix more than two dozen critical financial problems, patterns reminiscent of past decision-making appear to be surfacing.

Better pay for Killeen’s employees. That was the intent was behind salary hikes in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, based on a consultant’s study that showed public safety employees, such as police and firefighters, were paid below market, and that 70 percent of overall city employees weren’t ade…