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City Manager's Message June 15: Upcoming pay adjustments

Posted on June 16, 2021 at 3:39 PM by Don Mann

June 15, 2021 — As we rapidly approach the end of the fiscal year, I wanted to provide you with an update on the FY22 budget and compensation adjustments that were approved by City Council in response to the Manager's Recommended Budget. These pay changes will be effective June 19, 2021, and will appear in the July 2 paycheck.

There are many positive changes for our workforce:

  • All eligible permanent full-time (PFT), permanent full-time (PPT) and when actually employed (WAE) civilian employees will receive a 3% general wage increase, unless they receive a larger adjustment to be brought to the minimum of a new pay range. 
  • Some pay ranges will be changing as we adjust to reflect a minimum wage of $11/hour. (As a side note, we will be adopting this new rate six months ahead of the General Assembly mandated schedule.) Others will be adjusted for certain positions based on the regional market. 
  • To help avoid compression, eligible PFT civilian employees will receive an additional $100 per year of completed service as of July 1, 2021, up to a maximum of $500.
  • There will be NO increase to employee health insurance premiums.
  • The Citizen Satisfaction Bonus of up to $250 for eligible PFT and up to $125 for eligible PPT/WAE employees will be provided in December, 2021.
  • Employees will continue to receive one personal leave day per quarter.
  • Vacation days will remain unchanged and will continue to include the recently added Juneteenth holiday. The Birthday leave day also remains in place.
  • Last, but not least, we have set aside about $1 million for a new merit bonus that is under development.  A city employee microbusiness team  is working on a pilot program that will reward outstanding work and demonstrated proficiency, which will coincide with the City’s new Performance Management Program (PMP). The new PMP program is anticipated to go into effect in early 2022. More information on the bonus and PMP program will be announced later this year.
The City Council, Executive Management Team and I all very much value all that you continue to do to make our community an even better place to live, work, play and invest. Almost all of our new revenue for FY 2022 was allocated for employee wage and benefit increases. Indeed, this is the most ambitious set of total compensation enhancements we have been able to provide since before the recession that hit us about 12 years ago. To further illustrate this point, we will be sending total compensation statements to you in the near future. These statements will outline the full value of the salary and benefits you receive as a city employee. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to contact Human Resources or me.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!

— Mary

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