Corinth to conduct municipal salary survey

By Lena Mitchell | NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A survey commissioned by the Corinth Board of Aldermen will determine how the city’s salaries, wages and benefits stack up against other cities of comparable size and resources.
Corinth accountant Jimmy Wheeler, of J.F Wheeler Accounting Service, will perform the survey at a discounted rate of $25 per hour, with an estimated total cost of $3,250. He has been in public and corporate accounting since 1970, when he graduated from Mississippi State University.
“There are pretty good variances among similar size cities because some have a lot more in revenue and some a lot less,” Wheeler said.
City revenue from ad valorem taxes on property is generally a lot less than sales tax revenue, said City Clerk Vickie Roach, because sales taxes come into communities with people from surrounding cities and counties bringing in their shopping, dining, hotel and entertainment dollars.
Wheeler’s review will take those variables into account.
The survey will include not only salaries, wages and insurance benefits, but also how the municipalities allocate resources like equipment maintenance.
The highest budget areas for a municipality are in personnel, Wheeler said, particularly the police and fire departments where the numbers of employees are higher.
“What’s the size of the cities in comparison to Corinth, the geographic area covered by the police and fire, those are some of the questions we’ll want to answer,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler said he couldn’t estimate when the survey might be completed because “you don’t know what you’re going to run into.”
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com