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Starkville could increase city pay to compete with other cities

Could city employees in Starkville see a pay increase?

Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 2:55 PM
Updated: Jan. 2, 2018 2:55 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – The Starkville Board of Aldermen is looking to possibly increase the pay of city workers to compete with other cities in the area.

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According to the Starkville Daily News, the board will look into a two-phased salary adjustment at its meeting on Tuesday.

The newspaper reports the salary adjustments stem from a study from the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, which was approved by the last board.

The city is looking to compete with cities like Columbus, Tupelo, Oxford and West Point.

Human Resources Director Navarrete Ashford says the city’s benefits are above the other compared cities by five percent and the extra pay would increase initiative to come work for the City of Starkville.

In terms of pay, the study showed Starkville was below Tupelo and Oxford.

Ashford said a pay increase would help recruit and keep workers such as policemen and workers in the electric and street departments.

The first phase of the salary adjustment would affect about 125 city employees. In phase two, about 54 people will be included.

Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk tells the newspaper the adjustments would cost about $115,000 to $120,000, which comes from the general fund. There will not be a change in rates or rate increase to fund these salary adjustments.

Vice Mayor Roy Perkins said he wants to see more information before making a decision. He said the emphasis needs to be more on the more physical jobs like road workers, sanitation workers and other physical-based jobs.

“I want to see what evidence they are going to offer,” Perkins said. “Is this a plan that is the best interest of the City of Starkville?”

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