Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 27, 2012 @ 11:47PM
Created on November 27, 2012 @ 11:38PM
Fairmont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give a pay raise to fire fighters and department heads in the city.
The raises complete the third and final phase of a plan which was implemented in January 2011. All city employees now have had a raise since that time.
Officials said that plan was necessary because some employees hadn't had a raise in nearly seven years.
The raises were made possible by the state lowering the city's obligation to post-employment benefits. With the increase, the city hopes to attract and retain quality employees.
"The big thing is that we're now being competitive to some of our neighboring cities, as far as first patrolmen and policemen coming in. Previously, we would just lose them. They would train here, and then we would lose them. But now hopefully they'll stay," said Fairmont Mayor Bill Burdick.
The amount of the raise depends on each employee's classification.
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Nov 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM
It is nice that everyone is getting a raise. But, just a year ago they did not have enough money to pave the streets and they are charging everyone that lives or works in the city to drive on these streets. I think that it is time that someone looks into the finances of this UN-Friendly City? It is just like the US Goverment tax the hell out of people and then give out raises!! Enough is enough!!!!