(Horicon) City workers in Horicon are getting a pay bump in 2020. The common council this week approved a 2.25-percent wage increase for all employees and officials that was made retroactive to the first of the year. Mayor Jim Grigg says the reason for the increase was due to a longtime department head stepping down. He says when the city was looking for the replacement for former public works director Dave Magnussen, their consulting firm was surprised at the current pay scale for department heads. Grigg says the firm told them that they would have a difficult time finding people to apply due to the competitive rates for similar size communities.
Grigg says in addition to a competitive salary base, the pay jump is to ensure that skilled workers stay with Horicon and do not leave for other municipalities. The common council also approved a compensation study for all full-time employees. Grigg details what the council will look at once the review is completed. He says the council will look at if the current compensation plan is fine as is or if it needs updating.
Chicago based Baker Tilly will conduct the study for a fee of just over $11-thousand dollars. Grigg says the review was budgeted for in 2020. He says Baker Tilly should begin in the coming days with the goal of fishing their work in a couple months.