Tonight, Warner Robins Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution to implement the Carl Vinson Pay Study, but they still have a lot of details to iron out.
At last weeks pre-council meeting, the topic was hotly debated between councilman Bob Wilbanks and Mayor Chuck Shaheen. Wilbanks was pushing for the study to be passed immediately, which would mean a change to the 2011-2012 budget.
"We've been able to work some things out this week. We don't want to raise taxes, and we don't want to mess with our benefits package. Those were the two key factors here," says Mayor Shaheen.
Even though the resolution was presented, and passed, there's still no timeline as to when the salary increase will go into effect.
"They say it will take three days to determine how to roll the benefits in here. So we need to get them down here, and if that gets delayed, you'll see me back here again," says Wilbanks.
Mayor Shaheen says he's hoping to have a comprehensive plan presented from the Carl Vinson Institute by the end of January. The mayor still believes the most financially responsible way to implement the plan is in the 2012-2013 budget.