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City considers policy change
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McMinnville officials will once again be considering a change to the city’s current policy regarding longevity pay. The measure will be back under consideration Tuesday night.
Finance Committee members will be meeting at 6:45 p.m., with the item to be sent to the board the same night.
“I’m going to ask the Finance Committee to not make a recommendation one way or the other, but to pass it to the board for full discussion,” said Alderman Ken Smith.
The board meets at 7 p.m. Smith says he is recommending his original changes to the policy, while removing an amendment made by Alderman Billy Wood.
“I am recommending my original changes,” Smith said. “I have had two board members tell me they would have voted for the measure if Billy’s amendment wasn’t in there. We will see.”
According to the city’s current policy, longevity pay is to reward employees who have provided continuous service to the city. Longevity pay is awarded to all full-time employees with at least three years of continuous service up to a maximum of 30 years. Longevity pay is issued between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 yearly, at a rate of $100 per year of service, up to $3,000.
In October, Smith brought what he called a “glitch” in the policy to the city’s attention in that it forced long-term city employees to work past their hiring date in order to receive longevity pay for the year.
Smith suggested the city fix the glitch by changing the policy and giving employees their longevity pay on their anniversary date, rather than making them wait until the end of the year.
The first measure to change the policy failed when it reached the board.