City of Knox employees could be getting pay raises in 2017. The salary ordinance adopted on first reading by the city council last night proposes a 1 percent raise for department heads and a 2 percent pay increase for employees. Mayor Dennis Estok is also proposing a 2 percent boost in compensation for members of various boards and commissions.
However, Estok says they will be paid per meeting in order to encourage attendance rather than receiving a straight salary. He says many communities use that standard successfully.
Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston says the proposed raises would have an approximate overall budget impact of slightly less than $42,500. Most of that is in the general fund. The council will consider the salary ordinance on second reading at their next meeting.