Employees who work for the city of Huntsville now have a new pay scale.
The city council voted 4-1 to make the change that will cost the city $1.9 million a year. The change makes sure all employees get a raise every year.
Right now, that is not the case.
Some members of the Huntsville Fire Department are concerned the change will cost them money. The city administrator who created the new scale, John Hamilton, says depending on the firefighter, that might be the case, "If they serve a full career all the way to retirement that doesn't happen, but ultimately future COLA's [Cost of living adjustment], future promotions impact that and then how long they serve impacts that, so if they serve exactly 25 years its one answer. If they serve one more year its a completely different answer, so it really varies by individual choices."
The change will go into effect on Oct. 7. The city told WAAY 31 the money to pay for the increase will come from estimated growth in tax revenue.