By Rick Palsgrove
City of Groveport employees could see an increase in compensation in 2024.
Groveport City Council is considering legislation regarding the compensation plan – which was created by Clemans-Nelson & Associates, Inc. If council approves the plan, the new proposed wage scale would be effective Jan. 1, 2024.
“Every three years we do a compensation study to see if we are offering salaries that are competitive with the market,” said Groveport City Administrator B, J. King. “We have to make sure we stay competitive.”
King said it has not yet been determined whether the pay increase will apply to the ranges in pay grades or if it will be across the board. He also said the potential percentage amount of pay increase will be discussed at council’s committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.
King also said steps are being taken to simplify the wage scale and reduce steps within it from 26 to 11 to stabilize it. He said that, by simplifying the wage program it will save the city the money it normally has to pay out to an outside entity for a compensation study every three years.
“Three years from now when it is time for another compensation plan study we will be able to do it in house because it will be easier to do and thereby save the $10,000 we would normally have to pay for a study,” said King.
King also praised the city’s human resources and financial departments for their efforts in formulating the potential compensation plan.
Elements considered in creating the plan include: analyzing the current compensation plan; revising and updating job descriptions to match actual duties; comparisons with current wage rates of similar municipalities; and developing a job related performance evaluation tool.
According to city of Groveport Personnel Director Joyce Myers, the following municipalities were chosen for comparison for the wage market study: Canal Winchester, Delaware, Gahanna, Grove City, Hilliard, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, and Worthington.
“These cities were chosen because they were the closest in proximity, size, and similar to the city of Groveport,” said Myers.