DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The Decatur City Council voted 3-2 during a special meeting Monday night to implement a 1.6 percent pay raise for all municipal employees.
The city employs 512 workers.
The council could have approved a one-time bonus of $500 for each of the employees. Instead, they voted 3-2 to approve the cost of living adjustment increase.
The decision means city workers will maintain the salary increase beyond 2017. If the council had gone with the bonus, salaries would have stayed as they are now.
Before the vote, Decatur City Council President Chuck Ard said he favored the raise because it would get the city on the way to closing a 5 percent market salary level deficit for city Decatur workers that was outlined in a study commissioned by the council.
The raise come will cost the city about $240,000 each year, which comes out of the reserve fund.
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