Statesboro City Manager Frank Parker told Monday's budget retreat conservative projections are that the general fund reserve should be around $550,000 at the conclusion of the current fiscal year and around $600,000 next year. He said he did not see a need to increase property tax in the near future.
He recommended a 2.5% raise for city employees as opposed to a 1% raise and bonuses. Parker said employees should be recognized for being more productive and dedicated.
Councilman Will Britt was concerned about where the $300,000 needed to provide the raise was to come and liked the idea of a 1% raise and smaller bonuses.
However, Water-Wastewater Department Director Wayne Johnson said that affected employee morale which has fallen. He was concerned that if a major industry were to locate here employees with 10 or 15 years could leave for better paying positions.
Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore said if the money looks good to give employees the raise in good faith.
The council made no decision of the possible raise Monday. The budget will likely be adopted in May or June.