2 Percent Raises Proposed for Bel Air Town Employees


BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, kabawroski@theaegis.com

10:32 AM EST, December 20, 2011

The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners is being asked to vote on 2 percent cost of living increases for all town employees.

Town Administrator Chris Schlehr is proposing a 2 percent increase for all town employees, totaling $64,871, he said Monday morning.

The budget amendment was introduced Monday evening and will be up for public comment at the next town meeting on Jan. 3.

The increase, if passed by the five-member town board, would be effective for the second half of the fiscal year and come from the contingency line item of the budget, Schlehr added. The increase would then become part of the employees’ base salaries in future years.

He asked for a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment increase at the start of this fiscal year, Schlehr said, but the commissioners did not approve the budget amendment so he left the money in the contingency budget for this request.

The last increase for the 96 town employees, which includes the police department, was in fiscal year 2010, Schlehr said.

“It’s been two years,” he added.

Schlehr declined to comment on whether he thought commissioners would pass the pay increase this time around.

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