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MUNICIPAL JOBS: City employees to receive slight raise

October 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesday’s meeting.

The proposed raise, which would go into effect in 2014, would give all full-time employees a $1,040 increase for the year.

The city currently has 90 full-time employees, many of whom haven’t received raises for several years.

Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.

If the employee receives a positive evaluation, they can receive an extra bonus, based on their assessment.

The bonus would be paid in January of the following year, and the amounts are to be determined yearly by Daniel.

Councilman Dan Weigold inquired about the consistency of the program, if the bonus amounts are subject to change.

“I’ve seen companies bonus their employees great one year, then cut the bonus in half the next year and later eliminate the program,” Weigold said. “I want to make sure we stay true to what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Daniel assured the council that he is committed to the program.

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