Plano City Council approves pay raises for employees

The item approved April 6 will take roughly $1.6 million from various unappropriated city funds and increase pay for all employees, according to a city memo. (Liesbeth Poowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
The item approved April 6 will take roughly $1.6 million from various unappropriated city funds and increase pay for all employees, according to a city memo. (Liesbeth Poowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

The item approved April 6 will take roughly $1.6 million from various unappropriated city funds and increase pay for all employees, according to a city memo. (Liesbeth Poowers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano City Council approved a 2% pay increase for city employees in the middle of the budget year.

Roughly $1.6 million from various city funds will go toward an increase in pay for all employees.

Salary increases were not planned for in the 2020-21 budget due to instability in the economy last summer and fall, City Manager Mark Israelson said at a meeting April 6.

The city has continued to monitor its sales tax revenues and property values throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This spring, the COVID-19 vaccine and other efforts to stimulate the city have helped stabilize the local economy, he said.

"Because of that, we thought it was prudent to bring back a 2% across-the-board pay increase," Israelson said. "We wanted to make sure that as an employer, we go about maintaining a competitive stance in the marketplace. And I think this also reflects the statement that we frequently make that our people are our greatest assets."


The city of Plano currently employs 2,995 staff. All employees who are active as of May 3, meet performance and are not above the maximum pay limit will receive this increase, according to the city.

Additional spending capacity will be granted to the funds that contributed to the sum of the pay increase, per the memo.