The council approved an across-the-board raise at 5 percent and adopted a new pay scale for the city’s dispatchers, jailers and police officers. That pay scale will be used to standardize pay rates for new hires within that department.
The raises will cost the city $3,076 more per pay period, and $79,981 more annually. Due to insurance requirements, increases and changes, the city will also be paying an increased rate of $112,800 per year over what they paid last year.
Total, Mayor Petey Ellis said this means the city will face an approximately $16,065 per month increase in employee expenses.
October was also the first month of the city collecting its increased sales tax rate. According to Ellis, the city saw a $72,941 increase in sales tax for the month of October over the same month last year.
In other business:
•The city’s Toys for Tots program is falling short on fundraising this year. Despite efforts from the volunteer firefighters, the funds are still far short of the amount needed to provide Christmas gifts for needy children in the community.
Last year the program provided toys for more than 200 local children. Fire Captain Mike Hammock said the firefighters have also been appealing to local businesses who donate annually. Donations to the effort can be made at city hall.
•The city introduced an application from a resident to have their residence annexed into the city limits. The proposed annexation will be voted on at the next meeting.