Superintendent Walts , in his address to the school board Wednesday night said, “For the second straight year, PWCS employees would not receive salary step increases, according to the fiscal 2012 budget proposal. And though there won’t be pay raises, the proposed budget to the school board will include a onetime, 1 percent bonus this will be paid to school employees sometime in the second half of 2012. “Since we wouldn’t have money for raises,”Walts said, “[the bonus] was a way we could do something in terms of compensation for every employee.”
I believe it has been 3 years since the non-school board employees have had a raise. They no longer have any 401k match. There seems to be this feeling that government employees should take their lumps and not complain. Perhaps if the public attitudes were different, getting no raise might be more palatable. These same folks are also being told that their pension is costing a fortune and they will be paying for it themselves, if the legislation goes through.
At what point do people simply decide they are tired of being undervalued? I don’t think we are there yet but it will be coming. Dr. Walts recognizes that employees need some sort of compensation. Good for him to address the issue, even if it is a pittance.
I know of three new restaurants that will be opening in the area. That is a pretty good indicator that the economy is snapping back, finally. How about those county assessments? Any news on those? Maybe its time to raise the rates a little….back to 2007 levels. It won’t happen in an election year.