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Hartley council OKs wage hikes

Ongoing inflation causes larger increase

The Hartley City Council on Monday approved annual wage increases for municipal employees with little fanfare.

Members unanimously approved a 5 percent across-the-board hike with no discussion. In recent years, the annual item has sparked considerable debate.

The increase equates to about $52,000 more than last year's total budgeted wages. The personnel committee comprised of council members Ron Hengeveld and Roxann Swanson originally investigated a 3 percent hike, but rising inflation necessitated a larger increase.

"It's kind of what other communities are doing right now," Hengeveld said.

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