Cape Girardeau Ward 6 Councilman Wayne Bowen suggested some part-time staff should not receive a 2 percent pay raise in order to fund specialty pay in an effort to keep from losing officers to higher-paying departments. Council members had a lengthy discussion Monday night about the proposed $90.3 million budget before giving first-round approval to it while asking city staff to look at possible changes to the pay plan. The budget, drawn up by city staff, calls for a 2 percent pay raise for full- and part-time employees. The increase would amount to a $402,000 additional cost for full-time workers and $32,000 for part-time employees who typically make a substantially lower wage. In addition to nearly 400 full-time employees, the city has hundreds of part-time workers. Bowen tells KZIM KSIM his thinking behind the proposal.
He says he is open to hear other member or staff suggestions on how to fund specialty pay. In other action, the council approved water, sewer and solid waste fee increases. City officials say the average residential fee would climb to $77.35 a month, a less than $2 increase.
The Southeast Missourian contributed to this story.