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Batavia to consider salary 
increases

BATAVIA – Nonunion Batavia employees and paid-on-call firefighters may receive 2 percent salary increases next year.

The Batavia City Council is expected to vote on the salary increases at its Monday meeting. Nonunion Batavia employees include positions such as city engineer, street superintendent, public works director, police chief and fire chief. The salary increases for the nonunion workers are included in the city’s $93.3 million 2013 budget, which aldermen approved last week.

As proposed, firefighters would see their starting salary increase to $10 an hour, up from $9.80. Captains would see their salary increase to $20.74 an hour, up from $20.33.

In addition, every paid-on-call firefighter is awarded points as determined by the number of alarms and drills to which they respond. The points translate to $4,266 in compensation per work period, up from $4,182.

The salary increases will not affect residents’ tax bills. Residents likely will see the city portion of their tax bill stay about the same.

Included in the budget is a $21,000 reduction in the property tax levy because of a bond refunding done in 2012. City Finance Director Peggy Colby said the owner of a $300,000 home could see city taxes go down by $2.

The city portion of a typical Batavia tax bill is about 8 percent of the total bill, Colby said. The owner of a $300,000 home would have paid about $632 in 2012 to support city services, she said.

Colby said the city didn’t want to increase property taxes given that the economy still is fragile.

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