Valdosta may raise taxes to raise employee pay

| March 24, 2016

Valdosta City Hall

VALDOSTA ­— Valdosta City Council Members discussed the cost of giving employee raises at the city’s annual planning retreat March 18.

Officials suggested the increased pay could be funded with a millage rate increase, but considered other options as well. The $2,112,649 million spending hike is being considered as part of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, that will not be voted on until June.


Under the proposed compensation plan, the minimum salaries for firefighters would increase to $33,000.24 and $37,004.24 for police officers.


Read at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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6 Comments on "Valdosta may raise taxes to raise employee pay"

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  1. Robert says:

    Is this a $2,112,649 million spending, or just a $2,112,649 spending? I’ve never seen what a million million spending. If it’s a million, million spending, then that sure sounds like a lot!!

    On a different note, I definitely agree that the firefighters should get a raise that is equal to current police pay. I don’t necessarily think that increasing pay to roughly $37k is needed. I wonder if it will be $27k across the board, or if there will be incentive pays for those that have partial and full college experience. If so, then you’re looking at some pay increases up to $39,004.24.

    That is going to be a pretty significant millage rate increase for all of us homeowners out there. Don’t get me wrong as both firefighters and police work VERY hard and I support both fully. Economics however dictate that while their pay may go up several thousand a year, not everyone else in the community’s pay will go up several thousand this year.

    Firefighters would be making $15.86 an hour and Police would be making $17.79 – $18.75 with the proposed raises. The median household income for Valdosta in 2013 was $27,645. This is 2013, so I’m sure there is more recent data. Maybe it has gone up a few thousand. So, unless you’re making in the range of $15 – $20, a raise in millage rate will be killer for most families.

    • Robert says:

      I forgot to say that the median household income for Valdosta breaks down to $13.29 and hour. Big difference here. How many of you are making this…or more to cover this millage rate increase should it go through?

  2. Sal Monroe says:

    How much for Larry Hanson?

  3. Eric "Da Blacksheep" TrixNDix says:

    Increases will be heavy on “Admin” and “Supervisory” and total crap for the “foot soldiers” who do the real work.

    • Sal Monroe says:

      What a SNOOZER! This one should have the 50 or 60 goofy commits Val Today always posts.

      Come on Goose and the rest of ya!! LETS’ DO THIS!

  4. bill says:

    If our elected treated our tax dollars like “THEY” earned them pushing a lawn mower , they would place greater value on our money. ..I can not afford my government any longer, as I watch My government, taxing , fee’in, permitting, inspecting, licencing Me out of business. I think I’ll just give everything to my son and Get on Government Welfare, Free Food, Free Medical, Free Education, FREE FREE FREE FREE. I want more, FREE FREE, I deserve IT, I want more of YOUR money…