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HIGH SPRINGS – The City of High Springs 2016/2017 fiscal year budget will provide increases for employees who have previously taken pay cuts or not seen raises in the past few years.

“We are trying to bring our employees closer to the amounts paid by other municipalities of comparable size,” said Ed Booth, City Manager.

“Our long-term employees have seen salary cuts and, due to efforts to balance the budget, have not received raises to keep them up to a competitive level with other cities our size.”

This year's budget will see salary increases of three percent across the board for regular employees, $5,000 for supervisory staff and an increase in the city manager's salary from $75,000 to $85,000 per year.

Increases in population and construction in the community are helping to pay for salary improvements. Building and inspection fees paid into the City coffers for building construction projects have increased significantly in the past couple of years. Additional revenue sharing by the State comprises other income.

“We have increased our population by 560 people in the past five years,” said Booth. “Proportionally, our revenue sharing with the state has increased because of that.

“The University of Florida does a survey every year for the State and every five years for the purpose of revenue sharing.”

Salary increases will be reflected in the first pay period of the new fiscal year, which begins in November.

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