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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Committee Rejects Mayor's Proposed Pay Raises

This afternoon, by a 6-3 vote the Financial Advisory Committee voted not to include the Mayor's proposed 3% pay raises (and 2% merit raises)--in its final recommended budget to the City Council. Mayor Kant: "I think it should be left in . . . not the Committee's place to decide ... Federal Employees are getting a 2.4% COLA this year . . . maybe there's some compromise . . . for hourly workers only (omit salaried?)." Mixon: "This Committeee was set up by the Council to make recommendations/suggestions only . . . Council makes the final decision . . . can change it." Ford: "Its my understanding the Committee only makes a recommendation . . . we (Council) do whatever we want." Stankoski pointed out that many Citizens--Social Security recipients on fixed incomes-- were having to do without any COLA (cost of living adjustment) this year; and that his (Mayor's) 3% increase was only a non-binding recommendation to the Council as well. Kant: "We don't have a COLA formula in Fairhope: understand Rhonda's (White, Human Resources Officer) working on one." Publisher's note: According to published reports, President Obama recently proposed only a 2% pay increase for Federal Employees in his own 2010 budget--but the issue has yet to be voted on in Congress. Governor Riley has frozen State employee pay-- and raised their health insurance premiums. The Cities of Foley, Robertsdale and Baldwin County Gov.--have announced they will forgo any pay raises next year as well.

6 comments:

anonymouse said...

you mean kant's a bigger spender than obama! :( :(

The Berrys said...

Slick politicians know, the secret to guaranteeing re-election time after time in Fairhope is piling on the raises and benefits for the city's 300+ or so employees. They and their extended families comprise a considerable number, in the thousands, and ensure re-election.

Anonymous said...

A COLA will help the hourly employees for sure. they already work for low wages as it is. I admire them.

BamaGuy113 said...

politicians always pander to employees to get their votes. that nothing new, especilly in alabama

mamamia said...

The Mayor must have lost his mind. Doesn't he know the Federal Gov. can just print more money or borrow to give their people raises? We have to raise utility rates or taxes on citizens to give our employees raises though.

Foley, the State, and just about everyone else are keeping salaries flat.

The fact is the 4% raises the Mayor gave them this year was too much. they can skip a year.

Anonymous said...

This year's 4% raise was too much, that's the problem. Skip a pay increase next year year and it will work out to 2% for each year of the recession--so far. That's about right. 7% employee raises during the height of the worst recession since the Depression is outrageous! You don't see that happening in ANY other cities! Too much of a burden for citizens to have to bear.