City employees will receive a 2 percent cost of living allowance plus the ability to receive up to an additional two percent in merit increases, given out by department heads. A vacation buyback program is being implemented to allow employees to sell some of their vacation time.
Lawler said with the city’s small staff, overtime costs can go up when employees go on vacation and their positions need to be filled. Lawler said about half the employees are eligible, or have enough hours to sell, for the program.
The budget will go into effect Oct 1.