KEYSER - City of Keyser employees will immediately start receiving annual raises of $25, but the council may consider a alternate pay raise structure based on graduated percentages sometime in the near future.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - City of Keyser employees will immediately start receiving annual raises of $25, but the council may consider a alternate pay raise structure based on graduated percentages sometime in the near future.
The council members approved the $25 annual incremental raise during their Oct. 25 meeting after Karol Ashenfelter made the motion and Eric Murphy seconded it.
Prior to the vote, however, city administrator Randy Amtower said he would like to see a schedule set up which would have built-in percentage-based increases as an incentive for employees to stay with the City of Keyser.
Noting that the current schedule called for a 30-cent raise after an employee had been with the city for three years and 10 cents per year for every year after that, Amtower said the schedule doesn’t really give anyone reason to stay in their jobs.
“Let’s reward the people who stay,” he said, proposing a 2 percent pay increase after two years; 3 percent after five years; 5 percent after 10 years; 10 percent after 15 years and 15 percent after 20 years.
Council member Sonny Alt asked how the proposal would affect the department supervisors, and Amtower said a different formula would be used for them.
That had at least one supervisor present a little upset, saying, “That means at least one of the employees would be getting a bigger raise than I get.”
Amtower disagreed, saying, “Even at this rate, the closest any supervisor is to any of their employees is $10,000 a year.”
Alt suggested the council hold a work session to discuss the proposal, and Amtower told the officials his proposal was just a suggestion.
“I’m just looking for suggestions. Am I on the right track?” he asked them.
The council members therefore decided to move forward with the $25 annual raise plan, acknowledging that it can be changed if another, better proposal is developed.