The Fayetteville City Council approved a budget adjustment to fund city-wide 2018 employee compensation.
With a 7-0 vote, the council approved the resolution for a $1.8 million budget adjustment. It also benefits the police and fire pay plan grids.
Fayetteville first responders will see a significant increase in their paychecks.
This allocation puts almost two-million dollars toward employee raises for first responders – such as
A 2017 study sparked the initiative to make a change.
The study found that Fayetteville firefighters were paid 11 percent less than comparable cities including Bentonville and Rogers.
And police officers received 15 percent less than comparable departments.
Last year, Fayetteville approved a four year allocation plan for police and firefighter raises to close that gap
The plan would play out in increments each year totaling a 4 to 8 percent yearly raise depending on an employee’s rank.
But tonight, the council voted to double this year’s increment to fast track that four year plan — a move that should help both departments.
Fayetteville City Council says the pay raise is effiective immediately.