Phenix City leaders discuss pay raises, budget

Phenix City leaders discuss pay raises, budget

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - While people in other local cities voted, there was talk of money and pay raises in one East Alabama city on Tuesday night.

Phenix City Council and department heads discussed the proposed general fund budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, expected to be $37,451,330. That is an increase of $831,940 or 2.3 percent, compared to the current fiscal year budget.

This budget proposal includes a 2 percent increase in pay for Phenix City public safety employees and 1% more for all employees, effective April 1, 2017. City manager Wallace Hunter explained how that's thanks in part to a projected balance of $94,498 in revenues to end the fiscal year.

There may also be an increase in what Phenix City employees pay for health insurance. In January 2015, employees began paying 5 percent of health insurance costs into the health care system, which increased to 7.5 percent for January 2016 premiums.

The new proposal has Phenix City employees paying a 10 percent share of health insurance premiums, starting this December.

They also discussed capital improvement plans for the city, including a new museum, construction on several major roads, a storm drainage system to the Saddlebrook subdivision and a new fire training facility just to name a few.

There were no votes at Tuesday's Phenix City budget meeting.

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