FORT WAYNE – Allen County Public Library employees will receive 1 percent pay raises next year.
The library board approved the raises Thursday along with several minor changes to benefits and pay scales.
The boards finance and personnel committee recommended the raises to ensure competitive pay and to help retain and recruit staff.
The librarys salary ranges had become less competitive compared with those of other libraries, and the board agreed to increase the high end of the salary range while leaving the minimum side unchanged, library Director Jeff Krull said.
Without the change, a few employees would have reached their maximum salary and would not have benefited from the 1 percent pay raise, Krull said.
Library officials budgeted $250,000 in the 2011 budget to fund pay increases up to 2 percent. The board typically decides after the budget has been approved whether to grant raises.
Staff members also received a 1 percent pay increase in 2010.
The total $23.3 million budget for next year is about $20,000 short of the current budget.