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Parkersburg mayor postpones raises in light of pandemic

PARKERSBURG — An approved 2 percent raise for City of Parkersburg employees will be put on hold for at least three months as officials work to determine the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Tom Joyce announced the move in a press release this morning.

“I believe waiting and reevaluating the wage increase against revenues is the prudent and responsible course of action at this time,” he said. “I believe the efforts both locally and from the state and national perspective have shown support of our local businesses; however there are still many small businesses who have yet to return to even limited operations and employment status.”

The raise was to take effect Wednesday, the start of the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Joyce said the issue would be revisited and reviewed at the conclusion of the first quarter of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.

Read more in Tuesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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