Midland Raising Employee Salaries 1/28/14
January 28th, 2014
The city of Midland is revising its pay scale and increasing salaries for most of their employees.
Mayor Jerry Morales says it will help their current employee shortage. There are roughly 140 employees short and the pay raises will help even the pay scale compared to other cities and private industries.
The raises will affect most city employees from transportation to police, by raising the minimums and adjusting pay scale to incentivize promotions.
It's all based on performance everyone wants to be rewarded for their hard work and we don't want to lose any public safety employees because we're not paying them enough, said Jerry Morales, the mayor of Midland.
Some Midland residents CBS 7 talked to worry raises will affect their property tax.
It's got to come from somewhere, nothing's free although the city council sometimes looks like that's what they're trying to say, said Jim Carver, a Midland resident.
For others, keeping employees such as police officers on board is well worth it.
I'd like to see the salaries raised so we have more officers and it's a safer place to live, said Elizabeth Smith, a Midland resident.
Employees could see their checks increase on April first.
Midland has money in their budget for the raises this fiscal year. However, it would add about 2 million dollars to the budget for next year. Council could decide to increase raises even further to compare better to other cities.