Carrboro staff will likely see a raise as the city fights to stay competitive

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A municipal worker in Carboro earns about 10% less than a municipal worker in a similar position and pay scale elsewhere in North Carolina.

On Tuesday evening, Carrboro City Council heard the findings of a survey of Carrboro staff on salaries for its 163 individual positions and 91 different job titles.

Among his recommendations are a 2% increase in all areas and an increase for workers in the minimum wage bracket. Additionally, long-tenured workers could receive a raise based on how long they have been employed in the city.

If passed by city council, the updates would amount to a nearly 5% increase in total payroll.

Councilman Randy Haven-O’Donnell said pay issues have been a long-standing concern among staff and they’re glad the city is taking action to address it.

“I know the question of classification and compensation has been a long one,” they said. “And I think for many employees over the years, that’s been frustrating.”

Following the presentation of the report, members of City Council agreed to refer any outstanding issues to Chief Executive Richard White.

The study was conducted by the Management Advisory Group which has worked in the past with municipal entities in North Carolina, including the City of Asheville and the counties of Chatham and Durham. The group provides Carboro with software to help maintain competitive salaries over the course of annual changes and inflation.

One of the reasons Carrboro has to offer attractive salaries is competition from a large number of neighboring municipalities, said Susan Romaine, council member and mayor Pro Temp.

“Maybe the best thing we can do to have a stable staff is to provide the necessary compensation so that they don’t jump, like you said, we don’t have Carrboro to be the ground for. training where we bring in personnel and train and then they jump to these other neighboring jurisdictions.

Human Resources Director Julie Eckenrode said she’s seen a trend of emergency service workers leaving Carboro for other municipalities with better pay.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said council will consider whether to implement the increases at its next meeting on Tuesday, September 20.e.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to deliver on what we’ve talked a lot about in the past, especially as we begin to implement the [town’s comprehensive plan,] which is to ensure that we have adequately prepared and resourced our staff to do the heavy work that we are asking them to do,” the mayor said. “So this is an important step for us to take.”

Photo via City of Carrboro Recreation, Parks and Cultural Resources Department.


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