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Fayetteville raises city employee wages in 5.2% cost of living increase

Mayor Edward Johnson. Photo by Michael Cuneo

By Michael Cuneo —

FAYETTEVILLE — Employees of the city of Fayetteville will soon receive a 5.2% “cost of living” raise, City Manager Ray Gibson said at a March 17 city council meeting.

With similar pay increases coming from neighbor Peachtree City in October, and a raise for county employees in November, Fayetteville implemented an employee pay increase of 5.2% in December of 2021.

Now, the city says another raise is needed.

“The pandemic only exasperated the situation of people leaving the workforce, especially in public safety, but local government has saw people leaving, early retirement, people just getting out of government altogether,” Gibson said at the March 17 city council meeting.

The salary increase will add $558,159 in costs to the city budget, although only $184,192 will be applied to the 2022 fiscal year.

Fayetteville conducted a study on worker pay in February of 2022, stating a need to evaluate the city’s benefits and compete with fellow local government employee incentives.

“We believe this is a fiscally responsible plan that fairly compensates the employees here at the city of Fayetteville and handles the big issue that we have been working on.”
Fayetteville mayor Edward Johnson praised the initiative, calling it a much-needed addition to the hardworking employees of the city.

“We appreciate the hard work that went into this study to make sure that we recruit and retain highly qualified personnel across the board,” Johnson said.

After comments from the mayor, the motion was approved unanimously.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune