By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
Direct deposit for employees of the city of Glasgow is anticipated to be in place by the end of February, according to Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman. She made the announcement on Monday during a meeting of the Glasgow City Council’s finance committee.
Offering direct deposit to city employees has been discussed for several months.
A survey that was distributed along with paychecks to about 190 employees showed that more than three-fourths of them think the city should offer direct deposit as an option, but a majority were not in favor of direct deposit being mandatory, according to an article published in September by the Glasgow Daily Times.
“Based on the comments we got, we feel like making it mandatory is going to be hard for some people,” Trautman said.
The mayor plans to have a meeting with employees to educate them on how the city’s direct deposit will operate.
“If they absolutely do not want it, I’m not going to force them,” she said.
New hires, including summer help, however, will be required to participate.
“That’s the way I’m going to handle it,” Trautman said.
The Glasgow Water Company already offers direct deposit to its employees.
Trautman told finance committee members she plans to talk to water company officials about how it works for them.
“We’re not going to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “We’re just going to go with how they are doing it and go from there.”
City employees who were not in favor of direct deposit did not want their paychecks deposited into one account or they don’t have bank accounts.
Since city officials began discussing direct deposit, one bank came forward and said it would be willing to set up free bank accounts for the employees.
“We’re not going to push any particular bank, but if I have a bank come forward [that] wants to do that I think we can,” Trautman said.
She continued the implementation of direct deposit will be a learning experience for city officials.
“I just feel like it is a benefit that we need to offer them,” she said.
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