Hailey will raise the minimum wage for its city employees from $12 an hour to $15 an hour Oct. 1.
The city’s budget ordinance was passed Aug. 15. The budget included two provisions for employees concerning wages and benefits.
Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said he hopes the changes will end the trend of employees leaving their positions to take jobs in the private market or with nearby city agencies.
The city, which is located near the Sun Valley Resort area, has 56 permanent employees. The raises will not affect the top earners. Instead, the biggest focus was on improving employee wages at the bottom and the middle of the pay scale where the city experienced the most turnover.
The minimum starting salary for a city employee is now $15 and the previous middle of the pay scale that was considered anything between $15 and $20 now pays between $17 and $25.
The new budget also set aside $60,000 to improve city employee health insurance benefits. The city will now pay 25 percent of the premium for dependents added to employee health plans.
For more information about the minimum salary change for Hailey employees, see the full Idaho Business Review story.
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