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City employees get raises

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, August 30th, 2012

For the first time in four years, the City of Custer will give its employees a 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) raise in 2013.
At its Aug. 20 meeting, the Custer City Council agreed to include the COLA in the 2013 budget, along with a change to the step scale the employees receive raises under. The council moved from a 10-year scale to a 20-year scale, which the city moved away from several years ago.
Under the 10-year scale, employees essentially received a 3 percent raise every year as they climbed a step. Under the 20-year scale, employees will complete a six-month probation period, and then receive a step increase every year after that for the first four years. In years five to seven, a step will be reached every other year, and in years eight through 10 a step will be reached every third year.
Three of the city’s employees were already at the top step and will remain so under the new step program. 

For the first time in four years, the City of Custer will give its employees a 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) raise in 2013.

At its Aug. 20 meeting, the Custer City Council agreed to include the COLA in the 2013 budget, along with a change to the step scale the employees receive raises under. The council moved from a 10-year scale to a 20-year scale, which the city moved away from several years ago.

Under the 10-year scale, employees essentially received a 3 percent raise every year as they climbed a step. Under the 20-year scale, employees will complete a six-month probation period, and then receive a step increase every year after that for the first four years. In years five to seven, a step will be reached every other year, and in years eight through 10 a step will be reached every third year.

Three of the city’s employees were already at the top step and will remain so under the new step program.

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