CARBONDALE― City council is expected to vote on granting a risk premium to city workers through the American Rescue Act plan at a regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening.
City manager Gary Williams said funds would be awarded on a sliding scale based on the hours worked by each employee in the city, starting at around $ 2,000 and moving down from there.
“So if you’ve been here since March 2020 you’ll get the highest amount, if you’ve been here three months you’ll get a low amount, but you’ll get something because, you know, we’re still in the middle of it all. ‘pandemic, right. The circumstances are still, you know, extraordinary and a little more difficult than normal circumstances. And so we see this as a way to show our gratitude to our employees who continued to serve and worked under very difficult conditions. ”
As part of the US bailout package promulgated by President Joe Biden in March, $ 1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief funds has been provided to states and cities across the country. Carbondale is eligible to receive $ 7,858,667 – to be spent by December 31, 2024.
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In addition to the vote on the risk premium, the city council plans to vote on tax deductions including the 2021 property tax.
“This is a 0% property tax levy, for property owners here in the city. So that’s, you know, a big plus for our residents.
As part of the council’s consent program, members plan to award a contract for the streetscape, phase III, to ET Simonds Construction Company of Carbondale in the amount of $ 1.2 million subject to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities approval.
The board also plans to approve its vision for 2025.
The council’s vision has eight strands, but one of them emphasizes diversity, inclusion, equity and fairness, Williams said.
Representatives from the Egyptian Building Trades Council will have time at the meeting to answer questions regarding minority representation in Carbondale town construction projects.
The full council agenda and the zoom link for the meeting can be found on the city’s website at explorecarbondale.com.
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