Taneytown workers to get raise as a result of salary plan

June 16, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

All Taneytown employees will get a slight pay increase July 1, the result of a new city salary plan and a 2 percent cost-of-living increase.

City Manager John L. Kendall said the city office staff designed the plan to reward good performance with incremental salary increases.

"What it worked out to be is that in order to place people in the salary plan, in every single instance there was a slight increase in pay," Mr. Kendall said Tuesday.

"Some of the larger pay increases came because some people were getting paid below the entry-level salary in the new plan."

Mr. Kendall said about $9,000 is being spent to raise the salaries of Taneytown's 17 employees.

There are eight levels of employment in Taneytown.

Salaries increase from level one, which includes the code enforcement officer and office assistant, to level eight, which includes the city manager.

There are 10 steps within each level, each corresponding to a 3 percent pay increase. For example, an entry-level code enforcement officer (level one, step one) will make $13,528; at step 10, that officer will make $18,450.

"What the plan does is that it increases pay in a series of steps and levels based on performance," Mr. Kendall said. "An individual with no experience can enter in at level one, step one, and by performing well, could progress as far as step 10.

"Or, if the individual showed a certain aptitude and desire to another postion, could be promoted in a higher level position."

Mr. Kendall said he is not aware of any existing salary plan in Taneytown, though Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. said a performance appraisal system was in place several years ago.

The new plan, which will go into effect during the next fiscal year, will include semiannual evaluations and performance counseling whenever needed.

"It's designed for career development so that a person could come in as a laborer and, if they had the desire and the stamina, they could go as high as the city manager."

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