PLEASANT VIEW — Some city employees will be seeing an increase in pay, but only if they earn it. Raises will be based on job performance as well as a comparison with similar positions in surrounding communities.
Council members approved pay increases for employees which could be up to 2.86 percent of their current salary according to City Administrator Melinda Brimhall.
“Market adjustments over the last two years is how we arrive at these pay ranges,” said Brimhall, “Cities list job descriptions and the minimum and the maximum (pay for the job). I went through and did an analysis of all full-time positions and some part time.”
Brimhall said 2.86 percent is the average amount those positions have increased in pay in surrounding communities. She said this will total approximately $31,000 added to salaries for the coming year and the increases for employees will be effective July 1 if approved.
Mayor Doug Clifford said the research showed pay in other communities went up for some positions and down for others.
“Our philosophy in our wage and salaries is we are not a market leader, we try to stay competitive with other communities our size,” said Clifford, “Our personnel are measured on performance.”
Clifford said the increases are in lieu of cost-of-living adjustments, with pay for performance becoming the benchmark.
“Who is in charge of determining who gets what pay raises?” asked Councilman Toby Mileski.
Brimhall said employees’ job performance will be evaluated by their supervisors and Brimhall will evaluate department heads. She also said employees may get less than the 2.86 percent, based on their job performance evaluation.
“There is an opportunity for everyone to see an increase,” said Mileski, “I wanted to make sure there was.”
Clifford said Pleasant View is being progressive in looking at any pay increases in this way rather than based on the cost of living.