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City employee pay raise talks dominate commission meeting

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Augusta Commissioners met on July 26 in committees to discuss a variety of topics, chiefly bonuses and pay raises for city employees; they also turned down a request from the Parks and Recreation Department to hire a “subject matter expert.”

Interim City Administrator Takiyah Douse presented the...

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  1. Substantial 26% vacancy rate tells me that they budgeted for those positions that are not actually paid out…thus that big savings should yield monies for other projects such as landscaping maintenance in historic sections of our city.

  2. The problem with government jobs is non responsible people are in charge. This person controlling thinks that throwing more money at it will solve the problem. Every time I think of this it reminds me of the government controlled education system. In NY $30,000 per student per year is spent and they have about a twenty six percent graduation rate. It’s just about as bad here but on a smaller scale. How about making the present employees put in a full days work? I’ve never heard of clocking in on your cell phone.

  3. McDowell surprises me constantly with his requests…he is not qualified to do the job and it’s apparent to almost all of the commissioners. I hope when the new commission and mayor come in he can get the boot.

  4. “…the city needs to approve a “compensation study” that would likely come at a cost of $250,000.” There are multiple online government and private-sector sources of compensation by job title. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/data/occupations and https://www.bls.gov/ncs/data.htm Any ARC department head or HR manager who cannot access this and similar data to compare ARC worker compensation to regional and national compensation is incompetent and needs to be terminated. The people who suggested and supported a compensation study should be fired, as the request is evidence that they cannot do their job.

    Paying the same people more money to do the same work does not improve the quality and quantity of their work. They just keep on producing at the same level and taking home more money. For-profit businesses know that, and they reward self-motivated and self-actuated employees with merit raises and bonuses, based on productivity and quality, not time of service.

    BTW, Section 800.040. Elected Officials, Independent Boards, and Their Employees is an interesting read, as it appears that the mayor, commissioners, and elected judges can exempt themselves and their staff from compliance with ARC employment and personnel management policies and procedures. http://appweb2.augustaga.gov/Human_Resources/ That’s a loophole that needs to be closed to prevent hiring pole dancers and email gophers.

  5. Commission should start by firing this individual and replace her with someone with a brain. No more tax payers money give aways. Most are overpayed at the top of each department. City should cut all individuals making more then $100,000.00 a year by 10 %. Then restructure one department at a time. Cut positions not needed. The City of Augusta needs to get it’s head out of their ass and start running it like a business.

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