Carrabelle city workers to get pay hike

Olivia Massey

Olivia Massey

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 05:57 PM.

Carrabelle’s new budget keeps millage rates the same and grants pay raises to all city workers.

On Sept. 24, amid a room full of protesting citizens, city commissioners voted to give themselves a $200 a year raise and to grant pay raises ranging from 3 to 20 percent to city workers.

Olivia Massey, Carrabelle’s newest city commissioner, championed the raises, insisting across-the-board raises would cost the city about $21,000, but some people disagree.

Only four citizens attended the first hearing Sept. 12 on Carrabelle’s tentative budget. The original budget draft did not contain the pay raises, but early in the meeting, Massey said raises were necessary and should be added in.

 “There’s money in the budget and they haven’t had raises in seven years,” she said. “These men are working at poverty level making $20,000 a year. Jared Mock is the only employee taking out inmates every day. He makes $25,000 a year.”

She said Mock’s work was hazardous and deserved greater compensation. Massey said the cost of the raises was slight and would not raise taxes. She distributed a worksheet showing the current salaries of city employees, how much increase each worker would receive and the total cost, $21,500 for the city and the same amount for the water and sewer department.

Under the proposal, workers earning $40,000 or more received a $1,000 raise, those earning $30,000 to $39,000 received a $2,000 raise and those earning $20,000 to $29,000 received a $3,000 raise. Commissioners got a $200 annual pay increase. Mock, an employee since Jan. 2011 got 20 percent, increasing his salary from $25,000 to $30,000.

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