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Galt City Council realigns salaries, discusses compensation

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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Thu Jul 5, 2012.

Department heads will be able to once again receive automatic pay raises on a five-step salary schedule instead of having their pay tied to an annual performance review under a change made by the Galt City Council on Tuesday.

At this time, however, no employee will receive a pay increase. In the future, individuals can be hired at any step and move through the salary range which increases by 5 percent with each step.

In 2007, department heads were placed on a new salary schedule that did not include the typical five-step structure seen in most public organizations including school districts and cities. Instead, Galt employees received raises based on performance. The program was eliminated a year later.

Tuesday's decision creates a uniform practice citywide, but does not increase the salary at the top of the scale.

In separate action at what Mayor Barbara Payne termed a "house-keeping" meeting, the city council realigned the compensation for the city clerk and city treasurer, both elected positions.

Under the new guidelines, the treasurer will receive $600 a month and the city clerk, $300. That is a $200 increase, although City Clerk Liz Aguire said she will waive the compensation as she already receives a salary as the city clerk administrator, a position she's held for 15 years.

Based on his education and the previous compensation structure, City Treasurer Shaun Farrell already receives $600 per month.

On Tuesday, the city council also reaffirmed health and welfare benefits for city elected officials only while they are in office. This also includes the city clerk and city treasurer positions.

No former council members will be affected by the change as only one receives health benefits and will be covered under a separate policy.

Years ago the city provided lifetime medical to council members that served at least 12 years, but that rule was changed and council members are no longer eligible for medical benefits when they leave office, according to Behrmann.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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