The Hoxie City Council approved a 50-cent an hour raise for city employees at its regular council meeting on Sept. 8.

The raise will be applied to all city employees, but not elected officials.

In addition, at the recommendation on City Clerk Peggy Miles, the council voted to opt out of the president’s FICA deferral program. Miles said while the program could increase employees’ checks now, the money has to be paid later, and she felt the 50-cent raise was a better way to help the city’s employees.

The council also voted to change the city attorney position to a hired position, rather than an elected position. The change will take effect in 2023, at which time applications will be taken, and the council will select the city attorney.

Council members also heard an update on the reuse loan for Decker Heat & Air. It was reported that paper work for the loan is at the abstract office.

Meeting held regarding housing authority

A special meeting was held Sept. 15 regarding the Hoxie Housing Authority.

Following an update on the authority and how the housing program works, Bobby Hatfield was appointed to a five-year term on the authority.

In addition, it was confirmed that seated commissioners would serve the remainder of their terms as follows: Robert Ward, two-year term; Bonnie Staudt, three-year term; Debbie Downing, four-year term.

A resident will also be selected to serve a one-year term.

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