Wage increases for Powell city employees are included in the 2010 budget approved by city council.

Wage increases for Powell city employees are included in the 2010 budget approved by city council.

The city has 23 non-union employees and 23 employees in one of three unions: the Teamsters representing the police officers, AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees) representing the service and parks department staff, and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) representing the police sergeants.

In July 2008, the police officers' bargaining unit negotiated a three-year contract that provides an annual salary-wage increase of 4 percent to be given Jan. 1 of each year, city finance director Debra Miller said.

In October 2008, the service and parks staff's bargaining unit negotiated a three-year contract that provides an annual salary-wage increase of four percent to be given Jan. 1 of each year, Miller said.

In August 2009, the police sergeants' bargaining unit negotiated a two-year contract that provides two two-percent increases annually, one on Jan. 1 and one on July 1, Miller said.

The non-union staff will receive raises from a pool of $29,939 for discretionary increases, city manager Steve Lutz said, noting it provides an increase of up to 2 percent. The 2010 budget proposal had specified funds for a 3.5-percent wage pool for non-union employees, but council reduced it to 2 percent during budget deliberations, Lutz said.

Lutz and department heads would decide which staff members get what increases, he said.

Overall, in 2009 the city spent $2,678,436 on salaries and wages for full-time employees, Lutz said. In 2010, the city is projected to spend $2,743,595 on full-time staff salaries and wages, Lutz said.

"That's an increase of $65,159," Lutz said, "which is, on average, a 2.4-percent increase."

In the 2009 budget, staff pay increases averaged about 4 percent of the 2008 wages and salaries overall for both union and non-union employees, Jeff Robinson, city spokesperson said.