City workers likely to see bump in pay soon

Grand Junction city workers may be pleasantly surprised to see a slight bump in their next paychecks.

City councilors on Friday gave the nod to reinstate the remainder of the 3 percent of employee salaries that were cut in 2009.

Councilors at the beginning of the year reinstated half of the cuts and said they would consider reinstating the other half six months later. As of Friday’s meeting, city staff had been directed to craft a resolution reinstating the 1.5 percent cuts that councilors will vote on during an upcoming meeting.

“One of the reasons I wanted to do this expediently is because we cannot lie to the staff,” Councilor Sam Susuras said. “We have to keep our promise.”

Susuras had requested Friday’s meeting.

Adding the 1.5 percent increases will cost the city $306,000. The increases will not be retroactive.

The money already has been budgeted for this year, City Manager Rich Englehart said.

As of June, Grand Junction’s sales tax collections, city use tax and the city’s share of Mesa County sales tax is $790,000 over the budgeted revenues, according to a report from Englehart.

The city employs about 630 people.


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