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City employees to get a 2.5% raise

McMinnville government employees will receive an economic boost.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday and approved a 2.5% salary increase for the city’s 158 full-time employees. Retroactive from July 1, 2020, the increases from the previous months will be allocated in a one-time payment.

“If anyone has any questions about this, I’ll be glad to answer them,” said Vice Mayor Everett Brock, who is chair of the city’s Finance Committee which proposed the salary increase. 

When no questions came, the board unanimously approved the recommendation. 

According to numbers presented in committee, the total amount from July 1 through January 2021 for all employees is $223,094. From February to June 30, the 2.5 % increase would cost the city $93,000. Total budget increase annually is $316,094. That number includes salaries paid from the city’s general fund and departments considered enterprise funds. 

McMinnville officials held off on consideration of a cost-of-living adjustment, as well as a step increase, for fiscal year 2020-21 until a third-quarter review of finances to determine if one or both could be provided.