Garden Grove

Pay raises, budget shifts OKd

THE GARDEN GROVE City Council approved pay raises for employees and some budget adjustments (Shutterstock).

By Jim Tortolano/Orange County Tribune

Pay raises for a wide variety of city employees and adjustments to the city budget were approved by Garden Grove City Council on Tuesday night.

The council voted 6-0 – with Councilmember Stephanie Klopfenstein (District 5) absent – to take those actions.

Approved were agreements with employee unions, a middle management group and central management and city manager.

Employees represented by the Orange County Employees Association (Garden Grove Chapter), Orange County Employees Association and Garden Grove Employee’s League will get a 3 percent pay increase effective July 2022,  3 percent base salary increase effective July 2023 and a 3 percent salary increase effective July 2024. Additionally, medical benefit contribution increases in July 2022, January 2024 and January 2025, and longevity pay of 5 percent for completion of 20 years of full-time employment and 5 percent assignment pay for those assigned to assist the GGPD Homeless Liaison Unit.

Middle management employees will get similar pay and benefit improvements along with a classification and compensation study to “validate and assess” classification and compensation  within the group.

Central management and the city manager will receive pay increases of 3.5 percent on July 2022, July 2023 and July 2024. Also, they will receive medical benefit contribution increases as being granted to other employee groups.

Also, the council agreed to amend its two-year budget plan reflecting the better-than-expected financial situation for the city’s treasury.

The expected “positive budgetary variance” for the city’s general fund is $23 million for 2021-2022 and another $11.4 million for 2022-2023.

As a consequence, the budget adjustments will include reserving $7 million for initial funding for a navigation center for the homeless, as well as $8 million in funding public facilities and infrastructure improvements for the public safety building and civic center.

The next meeting of the council is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12.

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