Local city giving employees hazard pay for the next 30 days

WATCH: Mississippi town giving employees hazard pay for next 30 days

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — The city of Clarksdale works to keep coronavirus numbers low and city employees safe.

Mayor Espy told FOX13’s Tom Dees that the city decided to give its employees hazard pay because they are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

“And they are putting themselves in harm's way on a day-to-day basis to make sure that none of the services are cut in the city of Clarksdale,” Epsy said.

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The mayor told us the hazard pay comes as a 5 percent increase for the next thirty days.

Espy said it will cost the city about $50,000 for the hazard pay for 147 employees.

“If they are out here during these tough times and the mayor is out here, we're going to make sure we give additional compensation to the city employees who work so hard for the city of Clarksdale,” officials said.

The mayor told us after thirty days, the city will reevaluate to see if the extra pay is still needed.

More than likely, they’ll see the bump in their checks starting after April 13 and to go through the first week of May, so for the next thirty days.