Levelland council reviews proposed budget

Levelland employees will get a pay raise while garbage rates could go up 5 percent this fall, the city council learned Tuesday evening at a budget workshop.

City Manager Rick Osburn said he is recommending a 3 percent raise.

Osburn said it might also be  time to adjust the ‘stability pay’ for employees. That pay is based on how long an employee has been with the city. The maximum amount that a person can receive is $200.

He said one option would be to give everyone a 2 percent raise and then distribute the other 1 percent in the form of stability pay.

Councilman Joe Bill Vardeman said improved stability pay was a good idea and could encourage longevity in employees.

Hockley County gives full-time employees ‘longevity pay’ of $100 a year, with a maximum amount of $2,500.

Osburn said he would put together some options and present them to the council on Aug. 19.

He noted that the city faces a 5 percent increase in insurance costs in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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