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Finance committee strikes down pay raises, discusses salary plan changes

Jonesboro Finance & Administration Committee indefinitely postponed pay raises for council...
Jonesboro Finance & Administration Committee indefinitely postponed pay raises for council members, the city attorney, the city clerk, and the mayor.((Source: KAIT-TV))
Updated: Dec. 18, 2018 at 1:33 AM CST
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In a special-called Jonesboro Finance & Administration Committee meeting Monday, pay raises were the hot topic.

But within the first five minutes, four ordinances for raises were postponed indefinitely.

They proposed two percent pay raises for council members, the city attorney, the city clerk, and the mayor.

None of which passed.

This, after concerns that the city’s proposed budget is operating out of reserve funds.

What took up most of the meeting was the discussion about the city's salary plan.

Right now, it states that every non-elected position gets a two percent raise every year, no matter how tight the budget may be.

"Right now, there is nothing in the pay plan that would stop that," Finance Manager Trever Harvey said. "If we wanted to not have a two percent increase we would have to amend the pay plan to strike that out."

That's one reason Mayor Harold Perrin suggested creating a committee to overhaul that salary plan.

Had the city not accounted for two percent raises for each position, Mayor Perrin said it could have saved the city nearly $500,000 in this year’s budget.

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