Council has 4 options regarding city employees’ pay

Published 1:28 pm Saturday, April 22, 2017

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, is expected to adopt one of four proposals concerning compensation for city employees.

Those proposals range from $63,600 too $399,000.

At its April 10 meeting, the council was presented findings and recommendations included in that pay study performed by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council.

Under the first proposal, the cost of the city implanting only the new pay plan is $62,600. The study recommends doing that.

The second proposal, which the study recommends implementing, calls for adopting a compensation component (which addresses salary compression). That proposal recognizes the employees’ time in their position classifications. Implementing that proposal would cost $172,200. The study recommended doing that.

The third proposal would add recognition of the employees’ time working for the city to the mix. Its cost would be $225,900.

The fourth proposal, which combines the other three recommendations, would cost the city $399,000. Adding the amounts of the first, second and third proposals results in a sum of $460,700, but that amount is not a true reflection of the cost of combining the three proposals, according to a city official.

Matt Rauschenbach, the city’s chief financial officer explains in an email: “The proposals are not additive since they contain various combinations of components.”

He provided this breakdown:

  • Proposal 1 is the new classification schedule and pay plan;
  • Proposal 2 is the compression component (years in current position) plus proposal 1 (new classification schedule and pay plan);
  • Proposal 3 is years employed by the city plus proposal 1 (new classification schedule and pay plan);
  • Proposal 4 is the sum of proposal 1 (new classification schedule and pay plan), the compression component of proposal 2, and the years employed by the city component of proposal 3.

Adopting the recommended pay plan would result in city employees’ pay being 3 percent higher than the average of employees working for local governments to which the city was compared to during the study, said PTRC’s David Hill, who prepared the study along with Bob Carter. That difference could change July 1 when the new budgets for the local governments take effect, Hill noted. The study compared Washington’s pay classifications and salaries to local governments such as Tarboro, Williamston, Clinton, Beaufort County, Martin County, New Bern, Greenville, the Greenville Utilities Commission and others in the region.

The recommended classification and pay study will empower the city in its efforts to recruit, retain and motivate a workforce with pay at fair, equitable and competitive rates while ensuring internal equity with other city positions, according to a memorandum Stacey Christini, the city’s human-resources director, sent to the mayor and council members.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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