HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Holyoke City Council voted in favor of increasing the wages of city employees during a city council meeting on Tuesday evening.
Holyoke City Councilor and mayoral candidate, Rebecca Lisi, wanted to increase wages for some city department and library employees.
“We have staffing deficiencies throughout city hall, not only in these department heads but also in the staff that support the departments,” Lisi said.
Lisi told 22News that an independent study was conducted and found that compared to other municipalities of similar size and demographics, Holyoke City Hall employees were paid less. She added that an increase in wages will attract and retain qualified employees and in turn benefit the city of Holyoke.
Right now many departments in city hall are vastly understaffed.