Pocatello–Local government watchdog group Pocatello For Accountable Government Entities reports that the City is considering the use of American Rescue Plan funds to provide “premium pay” for employees who worked during the pandemic. P.A.G.E.’s social media post reads:
An ARPA funding request for employee premium pay is scheduled for action under agenda item #10 on Thursday’s 12/01/22 regular city council meeting’s agenda.
If approved, this will be the Council’s second ARPA expenditure – the first approval was $2M for Well #2 replacement.
No documents are attached to the agenda in association with the agenda item so the total cost of this proposal has not yet been made public. The proposal is for $50/month for up to 33 months of service (or up to $1650) for each eligible employees.
AGENDA ITEM DESCRIPTION:
“Council may wish to approve COVID-19 ARPA premium pay for employees as discussed at the November 10, 2022 Work Session. City of Pocatello eligible employees will be paid $50 per month of service from April 2020 through December 2022.To be eligible for ARPA premium pay, Regular Full Time, Regular Part Time, Seasonal, and Variable Hour employees must have received a paycheck after October 1, 2022, unless on FMLA or military leave, must have a start date of November 16, 2022 or prior, and must be employed through December 2, 2022. Individuals in the Volunteer status/classification are not eligible for ARPA premium pay.”