Port officials: $80,000 in one-time pay bumps justified

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by Laura Elder/ The Daily News

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

GALVESTON — Facing declining revenues and risings expenses, the Port of Galveston won’t give cost-of-living raises to its 80 or so employees. Not in the first half of the year, anyway. But Friday it will give each of them a one-time salary supplement of $1,000.

The Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the port, approved the salary supplement Monday by a 7-0 vote.

Each employee will receive $1,000 gross, although Trustee Benny Holland Jr. had wanted them all to net $1,000. Trustee Edward Walsh III, a certified public accountant, argued net would be far costlier because the port would have to cover both employee and employer payroll taxes.

Walsh also questioned giving the salary supplements at a time when the landlord port was looking for ways to reduce expenses.

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