Mayor says city pay hike a no-go, for now

By Frank Gerace 5:17pm, October 15, 2012 - Updated 5:17am, October 16, 2012
Hours after proposing a one-time pay hike for City of Wilmington employees, Mayor Baker says he's putting it off, due to a procedural problem.

In a statement issued late Monday afternoon, Baker said the city's Law Department and Budget Office couldn't fill out the paperwork needed to implement the one-time salary boost in time for a meeting of City Council's Finance Committee.

The mayor's plan calls for non-union city workers to get their payment November second, and union workers whose leadership didn't reject the one-time payment as of October 25th to be paid November 9th.

The most any worker could get is $2,000, or four $500 payments--one for each year that worker didn't get a cost-of-living increase.

Baker says the pay increase will cost $2 million and be paid for with money from the city's unassigned fund balance.

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