Peachtree City workers getting 3.5-percent raise

Peachtree City’s holiday gift to its employees is a 3.5-percent raise that becomes effective in January.

The City Council approved the measure 4-0-1 (with Mike King absent) on Dec. 6. The council previously discussed implementing a 2.5-percent increase for FY2019, which would have cost the city $278,558, but after “considerably favorable” revenue results this year, decided to do 3.5 percent instead.

The revised rate will cost the city $389,997. Citing salary and benefits comparisons with other nearby jurisdictions, City Manager Jon Rorie said the adjustments are necessary in order for the city to make up for flat wages during the recession and to be competitive for recruiting and retaining personnel, particularly public safety workers.

The city currently has 24 full-time vacancies, including five firefighters and three police officers.