• The proposed conversion from vacation & sick leave to PTO has been in the works since June 2019, at the same time this committee was formed. In the meantime and particularly more recently as we worked on this chapter, we’ve solicited input from a variety of stakeholders including the police chief, the Texas Municipal League, and the city attorney. This is not a unilateral approach by the city council or any one member of it.
• We also looked closely at how this would affect each current employee who has leave time accrued with the specific intent to NOT take anything away from anyone. Those were literally the words of our committee members and stakeholders alike as we worked on these proposed changes. (I take issue with you describing these proposed changes as “punitive” as they were carefully considered so as to be anything but punitive.)
• One of the goals of this proposed change is to provide a budgetary framework for the city when an employee or multiple employees leave within the same year. There is currently no maximum number of accrued vacation leave that is required to be paid out in full when someone retires, resigns, or is terminated. With a city as small as Bayou Vista and a budget respective of its size, our committee thinks this is an important budgetary guardrail to implement.
• Conversion of sick leave to PTO is a gain for employees as they are not currently paid out for any sick leave accruals when they leave their position with the city. Under the proposed policy, all unused PTO hours (up to the 240 maximum) will be paid out to an employee when he/she vacates their position.
The charge of this committee is to develop and propose to the city council changes to the policy and procedure manual. The decision whether or not to adopt them is up to the city council. I’m sure they welcome your thoughts.