The West Chester Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night in favor of giving performance-based pay increases for its 67 non-contract employees. However, not every eligible employee is expected to get a raise.
The merit-based system was originally approved by the trustees in Feb. 2006 and only awards raises to employees, who are considered “top performers”. Prior to 2006, the Township used the more traditional step-pay increase approach.
The two-percent merit pool, which was approved for this year, is to be shared among the Township workers with no one employee receiving more than a four-percent increase. The total pool is worth $80,055.
Since the merit-based system was initiated, the Township has approved it every year. Since the system into effect, the total pool has never been allocated. In 2012, with a two-percent merit pool, $63,133 of the $80,541 available amount was used.