Council committee passes measure to increase employee pay

City employees may receive a raise

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In a unanimous vote Tuesday afternoon, members of the Jonesboro City Council Finance and Administration Committee sent a measure that would provide pay increases to employees of the city.

The plan, which will be addressed by the full council on Tuesday, Feb. 16, would add more than $1-million to the 2016 budget and reduce the city's "pay deficit".

According to the Johanson Group, employees in Jonesboro make 6.5 percent less than employees in similarly sized cities. The proposal, if passed, will reduce the deficit to 3.6 percent below "market average", a news release from the city stated.

If the full council approves the measure, it would be broken into four categories.

The city released the following to Region 8 News:

• A $503,947 pay raise plan of $1,000 individual pay raises would be added to each full-time employee's annual salary;

• a $76,725 pay plan targeting employees with compression issues identified in the Johanson Group review;

• a $364,089 longevity pay plan under which all full-time employees with more than one full year of service would receive an annual payment of $75 per year employed,  topping out at a maximum payment of 30 years; and

• $242,078 of employee benefit cost increases for Social Security, FICA and retirement allocations associated with these pay plans.

The issue will be discussed at next week's city council meeting.

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