The City Council has agreed to meet soon to determine the scope of a study to determine whether city employees are being paid at a rate similar to that of other Utah cities of Murray's size.

The council authorized spending up to $20,000 for the study when it approved the current budget last June. Expenditure of the money was tied to a decision by the council concerning the scope of the study.Personnel Director Dale Whittle has sent a memo to the council indicating his belief that a full study is not needed. He recommended, however, that an audit of benchmark grade levels be conducted for the city by an outside agency.

He said the council has a number of options it can consider, and he believes a discussion by the full council would be helpful in establishing guidelines for the study.