No Pay Raises for City Employees Next Year
Published July 27th, 2013
Gainesville city employees won't get the pay raises they might have hoped for next year.
The Gainesville City Commission took another step forward in this year's budget, voting 5 to 2 to approve the option that reduces a raise for city employees to 1.5%.
Commissioners passed the motion after learning the city will receive $700,000 less than they expected from Gainesville Regional Utilities.
In the city and GRU budget meeting, Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy called it a major accounting error.
GRU's plan is to cushion the rate increase from the biomass plant includes reducing the base rate of customers' electric bill.
That means less in taxes for the city, to the tune of about $700,000.