Pay Raise for Ozark City Workers

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

Around 200 employees of the City of Ozark will see a pay raise starting in October of this year.

The planned increase in federal minimum wage will only impact a small number of the city's employees directly.

This week the Ozark City Council approved a plan that includes a minimum three percent wage increase for nearly 180 Ozark city employees and that includes a two and a half percent cost of living increase.

The plan was compiled by Auburn University and revised by City Clerk Billy Blackwell.

“In reviewing of the job descriptions and instituting a new pay plan, the objective was to get the local jobs to the level that would be competitive with our sister cities, especially in the field of public safety,” said Blackwell.

The total cost for the increase will hover around $800,000 dollars. The money should come from the cities one-cent sales tax that starts in August.

Also approved by the council was the purchase of two new police vehicles for the Ozark Police Department.

That money comes from an $18,000 dollar insurance settlement.

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