The Kodiak City Council will decide tonight whether the city’s 120 full-time employees will see a little extra in their upcoming paychecks.

On tonight’s city council agenda is the final vote for an overhaul of the city’s wage and job description tables. The new system is streamlined and more efficient than the existing structure, but it comes with a cost — $504,000 more per year to cover pay and benefit increases.

City officials have said the increase, which brings city pay scales up to market averages, is necessary to keep the city competitive when it searches for employees.

On Tuesday night, the council met for a work session to discuss the increase, but other topics took most of its attention.

Among those was a controversial ordinance that would clarify the definition of public records the city is required to preserve.

The ordinance was proposed in January, but after public outcry the city council decided to postpone its vote.

On Tuesday night, the city invited its attorney, Thomas Klinkner, to explain that the proposed change does not mean any changes to the city’s existing policy.

“We are not changing the law here, even at the local level,” he said. “What we are trying to do is inform both city officials and the public … what the ground rules are.”

The public records ordinance is not scheduled for vote tonight, but it may be revived at a future council meeting.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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