Vicksburg city employees will soon get fatter paychecks - - Jackson, MS

Vicksburg city employees will soon get fatter paychecks

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Soon all city employees in Vicksburg will see more money in their pay checks. The mayor and board of aldermen signed off on a wage increase Monday.

Mayor George Flaggs said all 500 employees are getting a pay raises.

“We able to raise minimum-wage up to $8.25 an hour,” said Mayor Flaggs.

The plan also calls for non-civil service employees to get anywhere from a 2.5 to a 3.5 percent bump in their checks.

“Anybody that makes less than 35,000 a year will get as much as a 3 percent raise, and anyone that makes more than 35,000 - a 2.5 percent raise," added the Mayor.

A fatter check is good news for some Public Works employees, especially when many neighboring cities are in a financial limbo.

“We were in a department head meeting this morning and we found out that Natchez is in kind of a crisis and so is Jackson," said manager Carl Harris. "It is good that we are still here not to be able to have laid off, or furloughed, to keep all our employees and give them a raise that is big.”

Derrick Stamps couldn't agree more.

He works for the fire department where the chief is set to get a $10,000 annual wage increase. Stamps is a training officer, so he'll get nearly $3,000 more in pay to bridge the pay gap between police and fire officials.

“Personally, it's a tremendous help for me," said Stamps. "It pays the bills and it is less stress and the more eager to get to work.”

Many are wondering how can Vicksburg afford a pay hike. The mayor said it’s being pulled from the city's surplus funds.

“Money came from us being able to be fiscally conservative and budgeting ourselves and holding back $400,000, which will pay for the pay raise. If you reward good labor, you will get good results from their work,” said Flaggs.

The pay raises will take effect October 12.

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