Published in the Iola Register on Dec. 7, 2012.

Letter to the Editor 12-7

Dear Editor,
 I am so poor I usually cannot afford an opinion. But the City commissioners pay raise made me decide to voice my opinion on the subject. So here’s my two cents worth:
 I agree to the idea of approving a pay raise to all employees of the City. My objection is the way it is given.
 It is unfair to the lower paid employees. For example, if the lower paid person is paid $10 an hour, they will receive $10.10 per hour. If the higher paid employee gets $20 an hour, they will receive $20.20 an hour. If in the future, another pay raise is put in effect, say at one percent, a low-scale will receive approximately $10.20 an hour. The higher end of the scale will receive about $20.40 per hour.
 What I am getting at is that over a period of time, the person making more money to start with receives a larger pay raise every time an increase is approved.
 I believe that the lower paid employees should receive pay raises in the same dollar amount and not any percent of raises.
 Let’s not forget the people who run a shovel repairing water and sewer lines, the one in the cemetery digging graves or the one driving a snow truck are just as important as someone answering a telephone or sitting behind a desk.
 Thank you for letting me air my complaint. I don’t like it as in the end they are unfair to the lower paid employees.
                                               Gilford Hale