For the first time in over two decades, the Peachtree City council will be getting a raise, after a unanimous vote by councilmembers Thursday night.
In 2007, the mayor and council voted to increase salaries from $9,000 to $18,000 for the mayor and from $6,000 to $12,000 for council. Due to the economic downturn starting in 2008, the council in office at that time voluntarily that time voluntarily passed the FY 2010 budget with no additional funding for the ordinance-imposed salary hikes. Subsequent councils have all done the same.
However, according to a memo from city manager Dr. Jim Pennington, with employees receiving the first cost of living increase in FY2014, and an in-depth employee pay study on tap for this year, as well as the positive fund balance from FY2013, the council.
A full year of salary increases totals $33,000, with the funding reduced based on the corresponding implementation date after the beginning of the Fiscal Year on October 1, 2013.
“I think motion was approved in ’09 under a previous regime and reading through minutes they and had good reason to do so. Then the recession took place and everything slowed down. Right now is an opportunity for council to start correcting things and this is one of them. Not that any op the five of us need money. This is more of a reimbushment. We’re here for service. If you want to hold it against me, if I’m not worth it, then fire me in two years.”