At this evening’s Decatur City Commission meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved a “one week pay period adjustment” for the city staff after the city reported better than projected revenues in the recently completed fiscal year. Unlike the commission meeting a month ago, when some commissioners – in particular Commissioner Fred Boykin – showed reservations in providing a “pay adjustment” during a rough economic period, this time around it passed quickly and with little discussion at all.
At the meeting, one resident spoke in favor of the motion, while no one opposed it. A couple commissioners mentioned offline conversations they had had with the City Manager about this issue, and it seemed pretty obvious from the general lack of discussion between the commissioners on the topic that they were all aware that this issue had been settled previous to the meeting.
Commissioner Boykin had this to say about the delayed decision. “I was interested in seeing what the [city staff] breakdown was. And when you see the numbers it’s obvious you see the vast majority of our staff are in public safety and public works and Active Living and things like that actually…impact the community directly. I’m not trying to belittle the administration or staff at City Hall, but the folks that people see in the street. The police officers and the folks who pick up the trash…That’s who this money’s going to. I’m supportive of it. I just kind of wanted a little bit more time to think about it.”
If you’re wondering about that breakdown of City Employees, here it is:
- 99 or 49% – Public Service
- 59 or 29% – Public Works
- 16 or 8% – Active Living and Youth Services
- 29 or 14% – all other departments (courts, planning & zoning, revenue and accounting, community & economic development, general administration)