Saltillo’s Board of Aldermen approved a 3 percent pay raise for all city employees Tuesday.
The raise will cost the city $29,163 annually and the Saltillo water department $9,300 annually.
Alderman Brad Woodcock first presented the possibility of a 5 percent pay raise to the board, which would be a $48,000 expense.
City Clerk Mary Parker said she discovered extra money in the budget due to increases in sales tax revenue and some funds that weren’t designated for spending during the original 2012 budget talks.
However, Alderman Terry Glidewell said he wasn’t comfortable spending that much money just because the city has seen increased sales tax revenues the first two months of this fiscal year. Alderwoman Jewell Webb and Alderman Mitchell Brazeal also weren’t comfortable with a 5 percent bump.
Woodcock pointed out, since employees received no pay raise last year, a 5 percent raise would equal 2.5 percent each year and not keep up with inflation.
After debate, the board compromised with a 3 percent hike that passed unanimously.