Courtesy of the city of Gardner

Courtesy of the city of Gardner

Possible pay increases for city employees will be discussed by the council at the Monday, Dec. 7 Gardner city council meeting.
According to the city’s published agenda, the city staff is recommending council approve a revised Position and Classification System and Pay Plan for 2016. This is the second step in a plan that was passed May 4, and staff recommends a career ladder be implemented.
The estimated cost to implement career ladders and 2015 merit increases is about $310,000. According to the agenda’s budget impacts, there is $300,000 available in the General Fund balance and additional park revenues has negated the need to spend it for debt coverage.
Reasons given for a career ladder include: allows for career expanding opportunities within a job classification; allows advancement to higher level of responsibility within the same work unity; allows development of new skills and competencies within employees own pace in current position; and allows the demonstration of initiative and willingness to work and further Gardner’s goals.
The proposed salary scheduled can be found here: LINK