More on 2012 budget, including salary increases, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting

Several agenda items before the Edmonds City Council at its Tuesday meeting are related to the proposed 2012 city budget, including the approval of two ordinances that would result in wage increases for both hourly and non-represented city employees.

According to the agenda narrative, the council each year adopts both an hourly employee wage schedule and a salary ordinance for non-represented employees as part of the budget process.

The hourly employee wage schedule, which is used for part-time, seasonal employees hired over the summer season in Parks and Recreation and Public Works, includes an increase in the State of Washington’s minimum wage, from $8.67 to $9.04 per hour.  The ordinance for non-represented employees includes a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment. “This is consistent with the recent collective bargaining agreements for both the Teamsters and SEIU, and seeks to create an equitable environment for a majority of the workforce,” the budget narrative said.

Here are the current and proposed non-represented employee salary bands:

Current Band                       Proposed 2012 Band (includes a 1.5% COLA)
A – $103,568 – $155,352        A – $105,122 – $157,682
B – $94,402 – $141,604          B – $95,818 – $143,728
C – $85,237 – $127,855          C – $86,516 – $129,773
D – $76,071 – $114,107          D – $77,212 – $115,819
E – $66,905 – $100,358          E – $67,909 – $101,863
F – $57,740 – $86,610            F – $58,606 – $87,909
G – $48,574 – $72,861           G – $49,303 – $73,954
H – $39,408 – $59,113           H – $39,999 – $60,000

In addition, the Mayor is authorized to approve merit increases for the non-represented employees listed, effective on the individual employee’s anniversary date, according to the draft ordinance. “Such merit increases normally range between zero percent (0%) up to three percent (3%) but for exceptional performance shall not exceed five percent (5%) nor exceed the band maximum per the Non-Represented Compensation Policy.”

Also on the Council agenda:

– Discussion and possible action on a recommended increase in the one-time charge paid by new customers connecting to water, sewer, and storm utility connections.

– A proclamation of Saturday, Nov. 26 as Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to support small businesses by shopping locally.

–  A report on the recent meetings of council committees.

You can see the full agenda here. The meeting will be in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, located at 250 5th Ave. N.

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