Dora’s long-time employees haven’t had a pay raise in more than four years, but with the city seeing increased revenue from Piggly Wiggly and other businesses as well as the profits from the alcohol sales tax, the city’s financials have been improving. Mayor Chris Edwards said the city’s sales tax numbers are up approximately 37 percent, in addition to the alcohol tax revenue.
Edwards asked the council to consider the numbers for a 2 percent, as well as a 3 percent, raise across the board for all full-time employees and part-time employees who have been employed by the city for more than a year.
The annual payroll cost increase for a 2 percent raise is $13,355.02 and for a 3 percent raise is $19,912.74. Also proposed is an increase in the volunteer firefighter amounts paid per call. Currently they are paid $2.50 per call. The proposed raise would be $15 per fire call and remain $2.50 per medical call.
“It’s not a huge raise, but maybe it’s enough to keep the employees we have,” Edwards said. “The alcohol tax itself can pay for this.”
All the council members expressed appreciation to the city employees for their patience and agreed that a pay raise is needed and deserved, but said they would like to see fiscal year-end numbers that are being prepared by an accountant before they decide on the exact amounts. The financial reports from the accountant are expected by the next council meeting on July 3.
“I think everybody deserves a raise, but I think we need concrete numbers to make a good financial decision,” council member Kristie Tuggle said.
Tuggle made a motion to table the matter until the next council meeting. Council members Donnie Burns, Gary Thomas, Hezekiah Walker and Tuggle voted to table. Council member Nick Isbell and Mayor Pro Tem Betty Sanders opposed.
In other business:
•The council reappointed Ralph Parker to the Dora Utilities Board.
The board members serve six-year staggered terms. Sanders cast the only dissenting vote as the council voted to reappoint Parker for another six years.
•The council passed a resolution creating a special bank account named “Judicial Administrative Fund.” The account could be used for education or training of the court employees.
•The council also approved a resolution providing a notice of the upcoming municipal election.