Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison will present a request to the City Council tonight to increase all city employees’ salaries, including police officers and firefighters but excluding Morrison’s position, by 3 percent for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
If approved by the council, the increase will be reflected in June 18 paychecks.
According to city documents, the last pay increase city employees received was 2 percent in April 2013. Morrison said the proposed increase would be carried out through the end of the 2014 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. During the budget development process, the council will consider additional raises for various city positions.
“In the 2012-13 (fiscal year) budget what was approved as far as a pay adjustment for employees was a midterm (raise), and that was done during the budget process,” Morrison said. “What was said this year for 2013-14 (fiscal year) is that we would come back at the appropriate time and we would consider any needs that we might have.”
Morrison told the council in a special workshop meeting last week that one need that stands out is city employee pay.
The city uses a pay scale for employees with a wage minimum and maximum. For example, the minimum monthly pay for a city planner is currently $5,201 and the maximum is $8,041. The proposed rate for the position is a minimum of $5,358 and a maximum of $8,283 per month.
“(The minimum) is what attracts and how we recruit,” Morrison said. “Obviously, the midpoint and on is how we retain employees.”
Goal No. 11 in the city’s Vision 2030 plan is to recruit and maintain a talented and committed workforce in the city.
“My concern is attracting and recruiting,” Morrison said. “Attracting and attaining is a really big deal. We have a very seasoned group, a lot of folks are here for a reason. ... They’re valued employees and we want to maintain those, and I also want to be able to go out there and get the best and brightest.”
Morrison said the increase isn’t a fix to the city’s pay plan, but it will put the city in a favorable position as it moves forward in developing its 2014-2015 budget.
“I would not bring something to (the council) that funds were not available (for),” he said. “Funds are available for this at no additional cost to the citizens of Killeen. ... The 3 percent is just a start.”
Funding for the increase will cost the city $547,393, which will come from the general fund, aviation fund, solid waste fund, water and sewer fund, drainage fund and special revenues fund.
Morrison will present the request to the council at 5 p.m. today in the Utility Collections conference room, 210 W. Avenue C, Killeen.