The city of North Augusta is looking to increase the number of public safety officers on each shift by adding two officers each year for the next four years, starting in 2014.
This would increase the number officers on each shift from 8 to 10, according to a memo from city administrator Todd Glover to the mayor and city council.
Since 1981, the public safety department has grown by only one additional officer per shift despite North Augusta being about 21/2 times larger in geographical area than it was in 1981, and a 348 percent increase in call volume, according to the memo.
The suggested expenditure is a part of the proposed 2014 city budget for the period of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014.
The city is also looking to provide a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for all employees. During a recent budget workshop, officials expressed the concern of being able to retain employees who might seek better compensation elsewhere.
No significant compensation increase has been made in two years, according to the memo.
For the 22nd consecutive year, the city is not proposing a millage increase. There are also no fee or utility rate increases proposed in the 2014 budget.
A hearing and first reading for the 2014 budget ordinance are scheduled for Oct. 21. A second reading will be held on Nov. 4 and a third reading on Nov. 18.