WARNER ROBINS -- In a scene from Warner Robins City Council past, Councilman Bob Wilbanks and Mayor Chuck Shaheen squabbled Thursday evening about a city employee payroll adjustment.
A couple of topics sparked debate among council members at the regular precouncil meeting, but it was the proposed resolution to implement an already-approved 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment for city employees that caught flame.
“It’s all political,” Shaheen said, to which Wilbanks agreed -- though not on his part.
The half-hour argument began because Wilbanks said he wanted to implement a version of the payroll adjustment listed in a study done by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
The study, currently in draft form, found city employees to be largely underpaid. It suggested six plans to adequately adjust the city payroll, which will cost the city between about $243,000 and $1.41 million to implement.
Wilbanks proposed City Council approve the most expensive plan because it’s the most competitive, according to Carl Vinson Institute researchers who presented the study Dec. 1.
Shaheen said there’s no way to pay for the study at this point. He said it is a decision to be made during the next budgeting process, which will be in May or June.
“I beat this around for months trying to see how it could work,” Shaheen said.
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