Columbia city workers to see pay hikes under 2019 budget

City workers in Columbia will receive pay raises for the 2019 fiscal year under a city budget approved Monday night by the Columbia City Council.

The increases approved Monday include:

  • Raising the hourly minimum pay for all permanent positions to $15
  • Moving eligible employees to the midpoint of their pay scales
  • Increasing pay grade maximums
  • Giving all permanent city employees a 45-cent raise
  • Paying trash collectors $2 more per hour

A total of 229 city workers are eligible for the move to the midpoint, and 237 will see their pay increased as a result of the higher wage floor.

The increases are projected to cost the city $3.1 million. Some $1.2 million of that will come from the city’s general fund, and the rest will come from cuts to city departments.

Read more: Columbia Missourian


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