Mark Taylor
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The Edgerton City Council approved a 3 percent cost of living pay increase for city employees on Feb. 9.
The pay increase is retroactive to January, 2011.
“During this economic downturn, local government employees struggle as everyone else does with the ever increasing costs of housing, food and transportation,” City Administrator Beth Linn wrote in a memo to the council.
The council did not give raises last year because the city’s 2010 financial audit had not been completed.
Linn said indicators show that the cost of food, housing, transportation, medical care, education and other living expenses increased 2.8 percent in the Kansas City metro area from the second half of 2010 to the first half of 2011.
She added that employees persevered through a difficult year in 2011, which included the departure of former City Administrator David Dillner, the search for a new administrator, and the hiring of Linn.
“Since my arrival in July, 2011, it has become clear to me that the city of Edgerton has wonderful employees committed to providing high quality public services,” Linn said. “During 2011, these employees worked diligently through tremendous staff transition to insure that the daily local government services provided to citizens did not suffer.”
The raise applies to full-time and part-time employees with the exception of the council and the city administrator.
Linn said the retroactive 3 percent raise would cost the city about $11,558 for 2011.
“Both the 2011 and 2012 budget includes sufficient funding to continue this level of additional compensation into 2012,” she said.