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Craighead vetoes step raise

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Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced Thursday he has vetoed an ordinance that would have provided a one-step pay hike to some city employees.
    
The pay increase was approved by Lebanon City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.
    
Craighead said that the problem with the measure, Ordinance No. 13-4456, was that “it stops short of reaching the finish line for all our employees. On this, I feel it is totally wrong to omit 20-plus employees from an across the board raise.

"The positions which have been excluded are those jobs which have been reorganized for cost savings; individuals who have applied and received new jobs within the city to fill vacancies, and have received certificates within their descriptions so they become more professional at what they do.”
    
Craighead went on to compare leaving those employees behind to the “army service mentality of never leaving a fellow soldier behind on the battlefield.”
    
Instead, he will bring forth a new ordinance at the Nov. 5 regular called City Council meeting to approve an across the board step raise for employees.
    
Craighead explained his veto further in a guest column that may be read in today’s print edition of The Wilson Post on the Opinions page on page 4.
    
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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