Cost of Living Increase Equal Across the Board

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday night the Manhattan city commission approved a 1.7% increase to all city employee’s cost of living allowance.

Local fire fighters were on hand to present their case for what they called a “wage increase” of 2.1% after an impasse was reached on the issue of COLA earlier this year.  The commission stressed their desire to maintain equality throughout the city, but stated they desired city administrators to conduct an investigation on further solutions to a possible wage gap between top and bottom earners.

City manager Ron Fehr said his staff will begin working on the issue as the city moves forward into the new year.