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Greenwood Mayor To Push For Employee Raises

<p>Del Gabbard</p>

Del Gabbard

Greenwood’s mayor said he plans to champion raises for city employees during upcoming reviews of the proposed 2014 budget.

“I would really like to give some pretty good raises out this year because the guys have been passed over for so many years,” Mayor Del Gabbard said.

Gabbard wants the City Council to approve pay increases for the city’s 55 employees, in addition to a 1.7 percent cost-of-living raise.

In late January 2012, the council approved a 2013 budget projecting revenues, carryover funds and loans totaling $7.85 million. A year earlier, it was $7.47 million.

The 2013 budget originally called for a 3 percent increase in revenue from sales taxes, but was modified to reflect flat revenue based on a recommendation from the City Council. Included in the budget was a 1 percent cost-of-living raise for city employees.

In February, the City Council approved raises for department directors.

Both wastewater department director Greg Cross and water distribution director Tim Posey, with annual salaries of $57,000 and $51,000 respectively, were given $5,000 raises.

Parks Director Doug Kinslow, who made $39,000 annually, was given a $3,966 raise from a budget overseen by the city’s Parks Commission. The remaining department directors were given a one-time bonus of 1 percent.

“The bonus, that’s good for one month and that’s it,” Gabbard said. “Every year that puts the guys further and further behind.”

The City Council will begin its budget review with the water and sewer departments at 6 p.m. Monday inside City Hall.

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