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Setting of police, other pay rates on Buckeye Council agenda

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BUCKEYE — A public hearing and vote on police and other city employees’ salary structure are set to be part of Tuesday’s Buckeye City Council meeting.

On the heels of a comprehensive classification and compensation study by Segal Consulting, the council budgeted $1 million just in fiscal 2022 for implementation of new salary structure, based on recommendations.

The item is part of a full agenda for the council, which is set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Buckeye City Hall, 530 W. Monroe Ave.

Council is set to take action in approving the proposed exempt, non-exempt, and sworn police salary structures, which were developed based on the study by Segal Consulting.

The study calls for salaries to be set at the 65th percentile of the city’s comparable organizations. A PDF showing the proposed exempt and non-exempt salary structures is attached to Tuesday’s online agenda packet, but the link to a similar packet for police was broken as of Monday afternoon.

The exempt/non-exempt structure includes 15 salary bands. The first has a minimum of $33,200 and a maximum of $49,800, with a midpoint of $41,500, while the 15th band ranges from $138,800 to $222,100.

There is a similar agenda item regarding Buckeye Fire Department salary structure.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a public hearing and a possible vote on a major general plan amendment. Known as the TGV Rexcon Nexgen development, only 40 acres of the roughly 1,336 acres is already annexed into the city.

The proposed changes include going from a neighborhood land use designation to employment.

There has been vocal opposition to the amendment. Resident Gina Sanchez has spoken at more than one Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, including one last week, where she pointed out the two-lane roads in the area aren’t built to handle the large trucks typically used at the industrial development planned in the area. Letters raising concerns were submitted to the city as well.

Also as action items are a determination of necessity hearing for improvements to Miller Road, from Lower Buckeye Road to Pima Street, and final council approval of an employment zone designation and plan amendment for the State Route 85 corridor.

There is a lengthy consent agenda list of items set for Tuesday night as well. That list includes three infrastructure agreements for phases of the Sienna Hills development.

Unlike most meeting dates, there are no afternoon workshops scheduled for the council on Tuesday.

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