Budget Talks: More wage increases to come

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema led the second of two budget workshops for the 2016-2017 fiscal year during Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the city commission. At the top of the discussion: wage increases for police officers, some public works employees and several other positions throughout the City.

“The last time we talked about some increases for the employees,” Hockema said.

High on the priority list were the City’s first responders, who are paid less when compared to nearby cities, Hockema said.

“We were trying to give the officers a $1,000 raise for the patrol officers. I believe we were able to get that to $3,000 for the patrol officers,” he said. That overall annual increase was achieved by raising the officers’ hourly wage from $14.20 to $15.50. Sergeants will receive a similar wage increase — from $15 per hour to $17, he said.

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