Geez… you can’t stop paying attention for a minute…
Last night the City of West Bend Common Council heard from the City Administrator about why the city should abandon merit pay and approve big pay increases for all city employees (police and fire not included since they are covered under union contracts. Here is the full presentation:
Here is the main thrust:
- Salary increase for 92% of positions
- Average salary adjustment of $4,519
- Salary general fund impact $283,553
- Overall salary impact $451,940
- New ranges established and range placements effective January 1, 2022
- Salary adjustments only provided for employees in good standing
- There are currently no employees on a performance improvement plan
- Salary adjustments implemented on January 1, 2022
- Performance reviews required for annual cost of living
In the City of West Bend, there are apparently NO employees who are underperforming. They ALL deserve a fat raise. This is despite the fact that the same presentation laments that there has been extensive employee turnover (no detail provided) and that the current compensation is not competitive to attract talent. How can all of the employees be performing well if the compensation only allows the city to attract mediocre talent? If the taxpayers pay more for employees, shouldn’t they expect the city to upgrade the level of talent? If not, then what are the taxpayers paying for?
The proposal is to pay for the pay increases without raising taxes by raiding two TIDs. Remember that TIDs are set up as a mechanism to fund infrastructure improvements for economic development. This proposal would raid a couple of those TIDs that have “leftover” money to pay for salary increases. Of course, those TIDs will eventually come to an end and the pay increases will remain. The funding will have to come from the regular tax sources after that.
I warned last year that the City of West Bend has drifted strongly to the left. This is another step in that direction.