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Panama City Talks Budget and Employee Salary Increases

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Panama City spent Monday afternoon talking budget year 2014.

Bay Town Trolley's budget stayed the same although the company did ask for an increase.

Organizations like the Economic Development Alliance though got some big increases.

The commission decided Monday to increase the EDA's budget to $54,000.00

The commission also agreed to raise the Bay Arts Alliance Budget $8,000.

The Junior Museum asked commissioners in Panama City for a 150,000 dollar budget, a large jump from last years $13,500 budget. While Mayor Greg Brudnicki did back the museum and an increase to $25,000, Commissioner John Kady wanted to make sure that the museum's new management had other backing. The commissioners agreed to match other municipalities and organizations monies to the museum up to $25,000 dollars.

But maybe the biggest thing discussed at the meeting was the recent pay survey done by the city. That study showed city employees are well below the market average in terms of pay.

It was a full house as commissioners discussed potential options, if any, to a pay increase for next years budget. In two weeks there will be a special meeting held after the regularly scheduled meeting to further discuss the options the city has to raising salaries for their employees. That meeting will be held August 20th.