Dothan Minimum Wage Increase

By: Erika Kurre
By: Erika Kurre

Minimum wage pay will soon jump from $5.15 an hour to $5.85. This may sound like just a few pennies, but it will actually have a major impact on the city of Dothan's budget.

Right now, the city's Leisure Services Department is most affected with nearly 200 part-time and seasonal workers. And, increasing their minimum wage pay will end up costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional wages.

So far, the minimum wage increase has already been approved for 29 of the Leisure Services Department's part time positions.

It’s a move that will end up costing more than $95,000 dollars.

Dothan Leisure Services Director, Ann Rumble says, "It will be a little bit of a strain on our budget. But the city commission's always been mighty good to us and we'll have to find the money and go from there."

However, that's not all. The next item to address will be raising the wages of the 159 seasonal workers as well, which is expected to be approved by the city commission next Tuesday.

But minimum wage workers won't be the only ones affected by this. Other workers in the city will also get a pay increase in order to keep the same wage increments in the city.

Right now, the city has not allotted the money needed in it's current budget and will have to find additional funding until the new fiscal year begins in October.

Rumble also says, "We're coming to the end of our seasonal year, anyway. So it won't hurt us too very bad this year. And it will affect us mostly for next year."

The increase altogether will cost the city an additional $189,000 dollars in next year's budget.

And, because minimum wage increases over a course of three years, this will be an issue the city will have to face the next few summers.

The city is hoping to have all pay increases approved by the time the federal minimum wage goes into effect on July 24th.


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  • by dothan Location: city limits on Jul 12, 2007 at 12:48 AM
    CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT'S REALLY GOING,I THOUGHT THE GOOD OLDS SYSTEM WAS LONG GONE. WE LIVE IN AMERICAN THIS 2007 NOT 1900, WE DON'T WORK FOR MASTER WE HAVE OWN MIND , THE NICKEL AND DIMES DAYS ARE GONE. WE DO NOT NEED FOR NOBODY THINK FOR US. GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY AND ESPECIALLY CITY OF DOTHAN.CITIZEN WE HAVE TO STAND FOR SOMETHANG ARE FALL FOR ANYTHING.
  • by Allen Location: Dothan on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:58 PM
    It is amazing how much people are fussing about the minimum wage. If you want to make more money, go to college. Most of the people who are fussing on here can't even type a complete sentence or spell words corectly. Duh!
  • by CONCORNED Location: EMPLOYEE on Jul 11, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    what a mess the mayor has made of this fine city, citizen how could you stand back allow the mayor do this. first thing , the citizen are not slaves nor mexico's we don't work for pennies.take really close look what's relly going on . money and power that's all the government wants and the citizen will always be on losing end.
  • by JW Location: DOTHAN on Jul 11, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    WHY WON'T THE CITY USE THAT 1 CENT SALES TAXES MONEY,IT DON'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO THE PEOPLE OR SHOULD SAY CITIZEN OF HOUSTON FOR THE CITY TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT MONEY WHEN THE MAYOR WANTS TO BUILD ANOTHER CIVIC CENTER THE MAYOR KNOW FOR HIM THEY CAME GET ANY HOUSE WHOLE NAME TO COME TO DOTHAN ,YOU WANT A NEW CIVIC CENTER AND YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY MINIMUM WAGES. GET REAL MAYOR THIS IS AMERCIAN NOT OVER SEA COUNTRY.
  • by Anonymous Location: dothan on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:21 AM
    I have a child that works for video retail chain and she is shift manager and only makes 5.15 a hour to open and close the store. I am glad to see the minimum wage go up its about time. They increased our sales tax so use that money to go towards the raises.
  • by asia Location: dothan on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:40 AM
    DO YOU THINK $5.85 IS ENOUGH TO LIVE OFF OF AS HIGH AS EVERYTHING IS THESE DAYS.
  • by mary Location: dothan on Jul 11, 2007 at 05:31 AM
    suck it up! dothan. the people that work at min. wage will get a raise. how does your saying go? PENNIES FOR PROGRESS use the sales tax income.
  • by Sue on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:50 AM
    Its not Just the City that will face the issue of additional expense to employ people. This increase is long over due and should have been enacted long ago,another sign our country is moving ever more towards a nation of "Haves and Have Nothings". Many will probably be laid off or have their work hours reduced,but we must bring everyone in our society forward and leave no one behind.
  • by ray Location: ashford on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:01 AM
    start at the top of city government with pay cuts untill the $189,000 dollars is made,they are not worth what they are paid now.
  • by Leah Location: malvern on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    So, now we are seeing where that 1% increase in sales tax will be going---it all comes out in the end....
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