Marion City Council amended the 2020 salary ordinances for police, fire and maintenance employees to account for proposed hazard pay at a special meeting Tuesday, and Mayor Jess Alumbaugh said he is consulting with legal experts to determine whether to sign or veto the proposals.

In September, council approved a resolution authorizing hazard pay of $1,000 per month, up to $5,000 per employee, for individuals in those departments who worked on the front lines during the months of March through July, including fire, police, maintenance and transportation departments. After advisements the transportation department is not currently eligible, the hazard payments to the other three departments would total $570,000 to be reimbursed from the city’s $909,950 allocation of CARES Act funding, but the city has not acted on council’s resolution as of yet.

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