Mayor John W.D. Bowling found a way to give city employees merit pay raises - charge businesses for trash collection.
Some have their trash picked up daily and others once a week. City Manager Darrell Blenniss said Tuesday at a special meeting that he believes the city could collect $40,000 -$45,000 for the service.
Commissioner Terry Crowley said it would be hard to give raises to city employees, who have hefty benefit packages, when many taxpayers haven't received raises in years. Employees have paid health insurance and 11 paid vacation days, among other benefits.
The merit raises would average $350 per employee, $42,000 total. Blenniss said each employee would be evaluated, and then the amount of the raise assigned.