In the past, the city of Greenwood, like many or even most governments, has given employees across-the-board raises aimed to keep their salaries in line with the rising cost of living.
And pay amounts were pegged to level of responsibility, not to individual performance.
But in the wake of property tax caps, Indiana governments cannot be so free with expenditures. In addition, many leaders now are questioning the previous approach in which there was little or no incentive for good
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers would like to change the policy so that whether employees get raises depends at least in part on how well they do their jobs. He said such a change would help ensure that city employees are productive and offer residents friendly customer service. Most private businesses handle raises that way because it gives employees more incentive to do their jobs well, he said.