Mayor Says Salary Increases In Store for City Workers

Mayor Says Salary Increases In Store for City Workers

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Mayor Sam Jones announced Wednesday he'd like to give pay raises to all full time city employees. But in the private sector, it's been quite awhile since they've been able to do the same.

Pete Bohme, a.k.a. Panini Pete, opened his second location in downtown Mobile and says it's difficult to think about raises right now.

"I think that everybody would like to do it and want to do it, but you can't," says Bohme.

This new location has been open almost a year and a half. But admits it's hard to find success in this kind of economy.

"I'm fighting to keep my prices reasonable every time products go up, I can't increase the price or I lose customers."

Struggling, he tries to do right by his employees.

"They work their butts off and I work very hard to pay them competitively with the other type of operations so I can get quality help and it's very, very difficult."

Mayor Sam Jones says an increase in city worker's pay would make Mobile more competitive. This, on the heels of workers receiving a $1,000 longevity pay bonus last year. Many business owners are skeptical about the future of the economy, asking if this is the right time for it, but Marsha Sutton, co-owner of Artology, has a different view.

"I think Airbus and the other vendors with Airbus coming in are going to be a dynamic impact to the city," says Sutton.

This would be the first time in five years that city workers saw an increase, if it comes to fruition. Mayor Jones defends the increase saying it's in response to an increase in the number of service request orders from citizens.

We talked to Sandy Stimpson, who is running against Mayor Jones in the next mayoral election, who had this to say about the increase—

"My approach is a little different. I think that we've got to increase revenues in the city. And we've been talking about the way to increase revenues is that you've got to make it easy to do business for the small business owner and we're not very business-friendly right now and so we're driving business away that would create the revenue we need to give the raise."

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