Abilene city employee pay will be topic at upcoming budget meeting

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - How to spend your money, that's what Abilene city leaders are tasked with this week as the city works to finalize a budget for next year.

Salary is the biggest expense in the city's budget and the Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna is proposing a pay raise for employees.

"We are fundamentally a service organization and that service we provide is with bodies," stated Robert Hanna. "We are performing some kind of service to the public."

Recently, a survey conducted for the city concluded more than half of city employees make a competitive wage when compared to city's of similar size.

46 percent did not.

The study did show civil service employees, like police and fire, do currently make a competitive wage.

"We are going to recommend that we bring all the employees below that number up to the minimum. That's about a $170,000 in the general fund," added Hanna.

This, along with several other items are on the agenda for this week's City of Abilene Budget hearing.

The meetings are open to the public but they are reserved for city department heads to speak.  Both meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers at city hall on Tuesday and Wednesday.



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