LEAGUE CITY

Pay raises for some city employees will have to wait a couple of months as League City officials take another look at the data.

To bring all city employees up to a competitive market salary could cost the city about $765,000, City Manager John Baumgartner said. But the math isn’t final yet.

City council members were going to vote on adjusting salaries at Tuesday’s meeting, but city officials pulled the item from the agenda for another look.

The council will discuss and vote on the proposed pay changes in January and, if approved, the new salaries could take effect as soon as February, Baumgartner said before Tuesday’s meeting.

The delay was necessary to take another look at some of the figures.

“We need to make some adjustments,” Baumgartner said.

The city’s 2018 budget, which the city council approved in September, includes $750,000 to adjust the salaries. City officials expected that might be the outcome of a commissioned salary study conducted over the summer. Baumgartner projects the actual cost could be closer to $765,000, he said.

The salary adjustment recommendations come after New York-based Segal Waters Consulting completed a study on the city’s pay scales and job descriptions. Segal Waters projected it could take more than $900,000 to adjust the salaries depending on how the city rolled out the changes.

The city council in April hired Segal Waters for $100,000 to determine whether city employees were paid enough or too much. Segal Waters also looked at job descriptions and recommended a few changes.

Although the city’s pay structure is mostly competitive, some classifications fell below the market and some were above it, according to the study.

The League City Police Officers Association had questioned the study’s report that called police pay competitive. The association wants to shorten the time it takes an officer to make the highest salary available in League City. Right now, that would take 19 years, while in other cities it takes about 10 years, the association said.

Changing the steps it takes for officers to get promoted and get pay raises would allow officers to make more money over the course of their career, and that would be an incentive to attract and keep officers, the association said.

One possible reason for the delay is new information from Segal Waters that only includes cities in the Houston area for comparison. City Councilman Nick Long had requested data that more accurately reflected the region, and the company has now provided that data.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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