McAllen city employees could receive 3-percent raise

McALLEN — Nearly 3,000 city employees could receive a 3-percent raise, pending city commission approval.

It’s been three years since McAllen employees received a raise, and City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez said he believes they’re due.

Last year, city employees got a slight boost.

Full-time employees collected a one-time $450 payment last year while part-time employees got a one-time $225 boost. Police officers received, on top of either the $450 or $225, an additional half percent of their pay.

Rodriguez said last year that the one-time payments were not necessarily for the employees higher up in the city, but for those in the middle to lower part of the entity. The program cost the city more than $700,000.

Rodriguez recommended the raise to city commissioners at Monday’s budget hearing. There will be subsequent budget hearings throughout August.

Commissioners will then vote on the 2018-19 fiscal year budget in September, which will go into effect in October.

Commissioners can disagree with Rodriguez’s recommendation and propose a different type of compensation for city employees, or none at all.

The 3-percent raise, if commissioners approve it, will cost the city $1.8 million, Rodriguez said.

Commissioners gave the city manager a raise earlier this summer. When commissioners learned Rodriguez was a finalist for the Brownsville city manager job, they paid him $25,000 to stay on board.

Rodriguez would not be included in the 3-percent raise, he said.

mferman@themonitor.com