Mayor Bill Finch says pay increases to roughly 80 non-classified city positions are necessary to attract quality job applicants. Opponents claim the city ordinance pushing salary hikes is being rushed through the City Council. A public hearing on this issue will take place Tuesday, 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers before the full council meets at 7 to potentially vote on the matter.
The ordinance states … “the Mayor may authorize salary increases within the salary ranges established by ordinance or not more than fifteen percent (15%) outside of such salary ranges as the Mayor deems warranted …” The positions include discretionary appointments of the mayor such as office staff.
Critics, including the Connecticut Post Editorial Board, claim the increases are out of line, particularly in light of the city’s fiscal condition in a difficult economy that required extensive givebacks by unionized personnel. The mayor says many of his discretionary appointments sacrificed more than bargaining units.
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