Awkward Time for Sacramento Pay Raises
City Mgr Ray Kerridge is up for a raise
Despite a massive budget deficit and cuts to core city services, the Sacramento City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to award pay raises to three top officials.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Almost every city employee got a raise when the new fiscal year started last month – on average, four percent. But only the city council has the power to give pay bumps to the four charter officers: the city manager, city attorney, city treasurer and city clerk.
Treasurer Russ Fehr recently got appointed, so he’s not up for a raise yet. But on Tuesday, the council will decide whether to give the other three the same four percent raise just awarded to rank-and-file staffers. The three raises combined would total just $21,000.
But the vote comes at an awkward time. Facing a $58 million budget deficit, the council made major cuts to every department this year – including rotating closures at fire stations. And with next year’s deficit set to be even larger, more cuts – and layoffs – are likely on the horizon.