PETERSBURG, Va. -- As the city of Petersburg continues to find ways to reduce the city’s $12 million budget deficit, a city employee has been given a promotion with a near $20,000 raise.
Sabrina Everson was promoted from a building maintenance inspector making nearly $33,000 a year to a property maintenance official, where she will make over $52,000, the city confirms to CBS 6.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Council member Brian Moore.
Councilman Brian Moore said frustration was his reaction to recent news of a city employee receiving a promotion and a nearly $20,000 pay raise.
“Were supposed to have the freeze on and right now at a point of trying to negotiate cuts I would think that we would try not to do things that are not positive,” he explained.
In fact, last week a consulting group hired by the city recommended numerous city cuts, including a 10 percent pay cut to all city employees for one year and a reduction in school funding by $4 million, among other suggestions.
“It's really not fair," said one concerned resident.
“What kind of message does this send when the city is working to cut critical services and residents see a nearly $20k raise for an employee?” Chelsea Rarrick asked Moore.
“Probably not viewed as positive… There are a lot of things that are going on but we need to make sure we're moving forward,” Moore responded.
Early this month CBS 6 reported Tangela Innis got a $10,000 raise when she became the city's new operations manager. Her salary jumped from $79,948 to $90,341.
Although many are on edge amid the budget crisis, some residents say there shouldn't be a rush to judgment about the raises.
“I think before we go judging it maybe we should ask more questions," said resident Gina Harrison.