Steamboat City Council approves new pay plan for city employees
Steamboat Springs — Under a new pay plan adopted Tuesday by the Steamboat Springs City Council, about 61 percent of the city’s 206 employees are expected to see their salaries increase in 2016 to a market wage recently determined by a comprehensive salary survey.
The plan includes increases to both the salaries and benefits of city employees.
It will cost about $750,000 to implement the plan next year.
In 2017 and 2018, the city also plans to spend an estimated $440,000 and $460,000, respectively, on pay step increases that will be awarded based on employee performance.
The council’s approval of the pay plan came just after the Mountain States Employers Council presented the findings of a nine-month-long study of the city’s current pay structure.
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The Employers Council used regional salary surveys to see how this city’s salary and benefits packages stack up against those of other communities.
New ranges for several employees were then recommended based upon the results.
The Employers Council also had the city analyze and outline all the job descriptions of city employees to ensure every employee’s workload matched his or her job description.
Council members praised city staff and the Employers Council for taking a “robust” look at where the city’s salaries are and how they compare to other communities.
Council members also praised the work of city employees as they approved the market raises.
“We appreciate the work they’ve continued to do for us, and they are committed to us and our community,” council member Kenny Reisman said.
The council voted, 6-0, to approve the plan.
Sonja Macys was absent.
As they endorsed bringing the pay of city employees up to market, some council members did offer city staff words of caution.
Reisman and Council President Bart Kounvosky suggested they would have a hard time increasing the number of full time equivalents working for the city in the future because of the additional costs associated with adding employees.
The city council has, in recent years, debated pay raise proposals that have been requested by city staff.
Last year, the council approved $200,000 for pay raises in 2015, but withheld $263,937 of additional raises pending the results of the recent salary survey.
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