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Raise OK'd for city workers

December 17, 1997

Raise OK'd for city workers

Hagerstown's 124 nonunion employees will get a 3 percent cost-of-living raise effective Jan. 4, city officials said Tuesday.

The raise will cost the city $147,000 in 1998, said Eric Marburger, the city's personnel manager.

Sixty percent of the cost will be paid out of the city's general fund, Marburger said.

The rest will come from other funds, including utilities, the golf course and the community development block grant program, he said.

City Council members unanimously approved the raise during their Tuesday night regular session.

Nonunion employees were originally scheduled to get a 2 percent raise in this fiscal year's budget, Marburger said.

With inflation and settlements with various city unions, city officials decided a 3 percent raise would be more appropriate, he said.

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Employees getting the raise include department managers, clerical support and City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, Marburger said.

The 2 percent raise those employees received at the beginning of this year was the lowest cost-of-living increase the city's nonunion employees had ever received, he said.

- Julie E. Greene

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