East Ridge considers inclusion of employee raises in new budget

East Ridge considers inclusion of employee raises in new budget

May 16th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

East Ridge City Hall

East Ridge City Hall

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

The East Ridge City Council voted unanimously to consider including a 50-cent per hour raise for all city employees during a budget workshop Thursday for the city's preliminary 2015 budget.

East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert clarified, however, that this was only a preliminary discussion of the budget and not a binding vote until they adopt the budget.

If the City Council adopts a budget with the 50-cent per hour raise for employees, which also includes a one-time bonus of $300 each for reserve police officers and volunteer firefighters, the added cost to the city would be about $189,000.

During discussion, Councilman Marc Gravitt clarified with other council members that although city employees had received bonuses in the past few years, they hadn't seen a raise in four years.

City Manager Andrew Hyatt also mentioned that he would like to discuss with the council setting up a performance-based system for increases in city employee compensation in the future.