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Salisbury Council Approves Pay Increase, Residents Tax Increase

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SALISBURY, Md.- Hundreds of City of Salisbury employees will see a bump in their pay.

The final decision to approve an increase of at least 2 percent but no more that 8.5 percent came down at Tuesday night's council meeting. 

This is similar to what the city did for the police department last year.

The city says that how much of a raise the worker will get is dependent upon the employee's pay grade and how it matched up with comparable municipalities.

"We haven't seen pay raises in five years," said council woman, Laura Mitchell.

"We have been putting into capital improvements and have been keeping up with what we needed to do and it was time to put some investment back into our human capital. The biggest focus is that those people at the lower end making the least will see the biggest change . It's correcting a lot of things where we had some compression issues and some one might get promoted because of their length of time and they could end up making as much as their supervisor."

Mitchell said the investment right now comes out to about $375,000.
     
Kay Gibson who lives on East Isabella Street said that she fears these raises will eventually fall on the backs of citizens.

"I am on a limited income, I am on Social Security and there is simply no more money left to give the city," Gibson said.

It's a concern that also resonates with Kathleen Bragg.

"It does seem that when they need money it comes back to raising the taxes," Bragg said. "This makes it harder for us and anybody else to hold on to their homes here."

Mitchell said that the city will look at every option available to help cover costs of the pay increases. 

"We anticipate that we will be able to fully fund all of these increases through savings that we are realizing on bonds we are paying off this year," she said.

The pay increase is expected to take effect in January. 

 

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