Atlanta, Georgia – Mayor Andre Dickens has declared that the City of Atlanta will put an extra $4 million into employee salaries next year. This means the cost-of-living increase for all city workers in 2024 will go up from 2.5% to 3.5%. This information comes from a recent press release.
The mayor’s team mentioned that this salary boost shows how much the Dickens Administration cares about and appreciates its workers.
“This is a heartfelt thank you to our employees and a recognition and reward for their dedication,” said Mayor Dickens. “It is also a strategic investment in the human capital that is critical to the City’s operations. As we await the results of the pay and class study, these enhancements reflect our continued commitment to our workforce and the financial stability of our city.”
The city is working on a detailed study about employee pay and job roles, planning to start using some of its findings in the 2025 budget year. The decision to raise the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to 3.5% is based on this study, aiming to keep the city’s pay competitive and fair. Also, for the second year in a row, the city is keeping employee benefits the same without increasing costs.
In June, as part of the budget for the financial year 2024, Mayor Dickens had first proposed a 2.5% COLA rise for City workers. This included better pay and bonuses for frontline staff who deal with high job turnover and fierce competition for skilled workers.
The additional 1% increase in COLA is seen as a way to invest in the workforce. It fits with Mayor Dickens’ goal of making the City of Atlanta a leading place to work for current staff and appealing for new people who want a career in public service. This is especially targeted at those who are passionate about contributing to the Atlanta community.
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