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Wage hikes proposed for city of Mabton employees

MABTON - The Mabton City Council reviewed a proposal to increase wages for several city employees at last night's meeting.

In the document, given to the city by union representative Wayne Johnson and public works employee Jose Campos, it states there has not been a pay raise for the employees since 2005 and that the city's public works and police departments are under paid for a city with a population of almost 2,100.

For the deputy clerk position, the proposal suggests taking the current pay, which is $2,964 a month, and raise that to $3,082. That's an increase of $1,416 a year.

The public works foreman is currently earning $3,281 a month. The proposal suggests increasing that by $131 a month for a total of $3,412 each month.

One public works employee would get a raise from $12.28 an hour to $14.63 an hour and another public works employee would have his hourly wage increased from $12.76 to $13.69.

Three police officers would receive raises as well if the wage increases are realized.

One officer would get his monthly pay increased from $2,758 to $3,034. A second officer would see his pay increase from $2,550 each month to $2,805. The last officer would see an increase from $2,758 a month to $3,034.

The suggested wage hikes would cost the city $19,500 a year. That would include $9,816 for the public works employees and the deputy clerk, and $9,684 for the police department officers.

Council looked at the wage increase proposal but didn't take any action on it.

Also at last night's meeting Mabton Police Officer Anthony Russell gave Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera a document detailing grant money being offered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 a competitive grant program has been established.

The grant money will fund 100 percent for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn-in officer positions. Officers being rehired or are in a position where they will be laid off due to budget cuts also qualify.

The only catch is that after the three years is up the city must agree to retain all officers that were funded by the grant money for one full year.

The mayor thanked Russell and said she would look into it.

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