Council eyes 'split' raise for workers

Friday, January 25, 2008

A consensus on merit pay raises for Lewisburg city employees was reached among a majority of City Council members on Wednesday when they agreed to, in effect, "split the baby."

Instead of issuing merit pay bonus checks only, the council has agreed to also provide city employees a base pay hike to compensate workers for increased costs, according to council discussion during a non-voting workshop.

Less than half of the potential raise will be across the board. The other half would be based on an evaluation resulting in a bonus. The two parts together won't exceed five percent.

A cost of living increase of 2.3 percent, or the amount the federal government adds to Social Security payments, is one part of the raise. It's a plan advocated by Councilman Robin Minor.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.