Harrisonburg City Council Examines Worker Pay

HARRISONBURG-- The City Council is scheduled to formally approve end-of-the-year bonuses for city government employees at its meeting later tonight. They will cost the city $750,000, but are being paid for by the city's surplus.

The city is also examining pay for its employees. They plan to hire an outside firm to look at how city employees' pay compares to private workers. It's been at least a decade since the city looked into it, according to Mayor Richard Baugh. It would affect department heads mostly. The city wants to ensure that it stays competitive to attract a competent workforce.

"The reality is, especially a place like Harrisonburg, where you have a relatively low turnover, what tends to happen is your compensation tends to lag behind a bit. Hope that's not the case, but if it is, we need to know about it," said Baugh.

Companies have until December 19 to submit proposals to complete the study. The city is spending $100,000 to do it.

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