On Tuesday night, the Peachtree City Council voted to move forward with a proposal to raise public service employees pay by $2,500 per year.
The raise will take place in either August or September, and will have a budget impact of just over $411,000 for the 2020 budget year.
In a presentation that was first delivered in May, Police Chief Janet Moon provided a rationale for the increase.
Moon did provide a possible solution for retaining officers. Both the police department and fire department are losing talent to nearby jurisdictions, and Moon, proposed raising each officer’s salaries by $2,500 per year.
The fire department also said it was losing personnel to neighboring jurisdictions, and that it costs far more to train a new officer than retain a current one.
The budget implications would be $177,000 for the upcoming fiscal year for the police department and $183,000 for the fire department. Both departments would increase the hours worked by an officer to better compare to neighboring jurisdictions.
“I think it’s necessary,” said City Councilman Kevin Madden.
The measure passed unanimously.