The Pasco City Council at its Monday meeting approved a 1-percent cost of living pay increase for employees not represented by unions.
City Manager Dave Zabell said that adds up to a group of a bit more than 100 workers.
Some positions will see larger raises because the jobs are being reclassified due to changes in technology, while a few temporary workers will be paid 1.6 percent more than this year because of the state minimum wage adjustment.
In all, the raises will cost the city $91,000. That is less than last year, when the city authorized $237,000 in pay raises because the city was trying to get its pay more in line with eight comparable Washington cities.
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Pasco compares its pay to that of employees in Kennewick, Richland, Wenatchee, Walla Walla, Mt. Vernon, Longview, Marysville and Bremerton.
The council also approved a new contract for the Non-Uniformed Pasco Police Officer’s Association after a 30-minute closed session. The group includes fewer than 10 employees in records, evidence processing and maintenance and crime analysis.
The city will make up for not giving the police employees a cost-of-living raise since 2011 by giving them a 6-percent raise in 2015, Zabell said. They will get a second raise, this one between 1 and 3 percent, in 2016, depending on the Consumer Price Index.
“It’s a small unit, but it provides services that are very essential to the department and the community in general,” Zabell said.
The deal does increase employees’ share of medical premiums to 12 percent. Zabell said that will help the city control costs.
The city is still negotiating with the union for uniformed police officers, he said.
The council also gave second and final approval for the city’s 2015 operating and capital budgets at the meeting. The general fund budget will increase to $51.1 million, up from $44.5 million this year. The increase is largely due to the city’s new police station being budgeted for 2015.
The city will issue bonds for the new station with construction expected to start in a few months, Zabell said.
Also Monday, the council:
• Proposed a request for an urban growth boundary expansion of 80 acres northeast of the intersection of Powerline Road and Road 52. The expansion will have to be approved by Franklin County commissioners.
• Approved a request from Franklin County to match its $100,000 loan for the TRAC event center. The county agreed to loan the facility $100,000 in July to help offset cash flow problems.
• Authorized the Port of Pasco to enforce traffic and parking laws at Tri-Cities Airport. Port police are taking over security outside the airport after ending its contract with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
• Awarded a $727,571 contract for new intake screens at the Butterfield Water Treatment Plant to Ballard Marine Construction Inc. of Washougal. Public works Director Ahmad Qayoumi said the screens will protect fish in the Columbia River while allowing the city to withdraw its needed water.
• Canceled its Dec. 22 workshop meeting. Monday’s meeting was the council’s last in 2014.