City considers five percent raise, hike in water rates
by Hawkins Teague
May 07, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City employees will be granted a five percent pay increase next fiscal year if a preliminary budget presented last week is approved. The budget was first presented to members of the finance committee April 29 and in addition to the pay hike, included funding for an animal control officer; a new dump truck for the street department; and expenditures of $38,000 for the Trigg County Country Ham Festival.

Mayor Lyn Bailey noted the city had no bonding debt and owed no money except for its current bills.

City Clerk Lisa Rogers said the budget she drafted for 2008-2009 was similar to that of 2007-2008, other than the half-percent payroll increase that went into effect in January.

She said that a transportation grant for $10,000 had been included in the budget, and that a façade grant for Renaissance on Main was already in place. She said that the city had received $45,000 in municipal aid the previous year, but doubted that it would get much, if anything, this year because of budget cuts at the state level.

Rogers included a five percent increase for city employees in their payroll. Bailey commented they wouldn’t see much of that money because it would merely offset the rising cost of health insurance, which Rogers said was increasing by 10 percent this year.

She said, however, that retirement rates would decrease in the coming fiscal year. Also, hazardous paid workers would see their rates go from 33.87 percent to 31.99 percent, and that non-hazardous paid workers’ rates would fall to 15.58 percent to 16.17 percent.

Bailey said that the city was strongly considering hiring a fulltime animal control officer. Committee member Emily Fitzsimmons agreed that she thought this would probably be a good idea and that her mother often complained about skunks and stray dogs in the neighborhood.

Bailey said that he had met with Police Chief Hollis Alexander, Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark and Judge-Executive Stan Humphries about the possibility sharing one employee. He said that the officer might need to have jurisdiction all over the county because there are often problems with horses outside the city. He said after looking at all the animal problems in the city and county, the officer would probably have plenty to do and would need to be employed fulltime. He said an extra $10,000 had been included in the budget in case the city hires someone, but that with the salary and the other job-related costs, an officer could cost up to $40,000 a year.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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