The Lebanon City Council is slated to meet in a work session Tuesday at 5 p.m. where the only thing on the agenda is to discuss one-step raises for city employees.
Previously at its Sept. 30 meeting, the council passed an ordinance on first reading that would amend the 2013-14 fiscal year budget to include the employee’s raises.
The budget would be amended by the amount needed for these one-step raises and use funds from the city’s reserve fund.
However, at its Oct. 15 meeting, council decided to defer passing the ordinance on final reading until Mayor Philip Craighead and city attorney Andy Wright were present and until it had more discussion on the topic.
Councilor Lanny Jewell, with the backing of other councilors, thought a work session would be needed to go over the topic before councils next meeting Nov. 5.
Since, council has decided to meet in a special called session Tuesday at 6 p.m. or immediately following the work session to take a vote on whether or not to amend the budget to include the employee raises.
The issue of employee raises came about, according to the ordinance, “due to unforeseen and unexpected circumstances, there was a lack of clarity in the budget approval process and the 2013-14 fiscal year budget did not include a one-step employee compensation increase,” and the ordinance goes on to state that the council intended on adding this increase originally.
In order for employees to qualify for the one-step increase, they must have been hired on or before July 1, 2012. They must also not have received a promotion or pay increase already funded in the 2013-14 budget to be qualified for the one-step increase. All $300 bonuses would be rescinded for the 2013-14 fiscal year.