Killeen city employees will likely see a 3 percent pay raise this month following a consensus from the council to move forward with having the item on the agenda to put to a vote at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
City Manager Glenn Morrison and the council discussed the pay increase at a special workshop meeting last week, and Assistant City Manager Ann Farris brought it before the council Tuesday at its workshop meeting.
The increase affects all city employees, police officers and firefighters. Morrison, who received a 4 percent merit raise last month, is excluded in the 3 percent pay increase.
With council approval, employees would see the increase reflected in their June 18 paychecks, and it would be carried out through the end of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Other raises possible
During the council and city staff’s development of the city’s 2014-2015 budget, the council will consider additional raises for various city positions.
Positions in the city are advertised with a minimum and maximum monthly pay amount. For example, a Code Enforcement supervisor under the current pay plan could make anywhere from $2,952 per month to $4,563 per month. Under the proposed plan, the same position could garner anywhere from $3,041 per month to $4,700 per month.
Morrison said the minimum wage for a position is what attracts a recruit, the midpoint and maximum aids the city’s retention rate with employees.
“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.”
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.
For Killeen police officers just starting out on a probationary basis, the increase would put the position’s salary at $41,593 annually. A 10-year police officer would have an annual salary of $55,453 under the proposed plan.
The fiscal impact on the police department pay plan would be $137,131.
A firefighter, under the proposed plan, would garner $40,974.
A 10-year veteran of the fire department would be compensated $51,216 annually. The fiscal impact for the increase to the fire department pay plan is $105,967. Morrison said funds for the increases are available in the current budget. The council will vote on the increase in its June 10 regular meeting.