The City Council approved a 2.5 percent pay raise and a 5 percent cost of living raise to the city’s 108 employees at their Aug. 5 meeting. The raises added $210,000 to the city’s budget, according to Mayor David Miller.
“This is something we’ve wanted to do for some time, and we are in a position now to do it,” Miller said. He said the raises will move Leeds from one of the lowest-paying municipalities in the area to the “middle of the pack.”
“This will help us retain our people,” Miller said. “It’s very competitive out there. We train our people, and somebody else takes them away. This will make us competitive.”