BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — A tentative city budget that includes new tennis courts in Gailey Park, $1.1 million in street improvements, market increases in salaries, two new firefighters but no tax increase was presented to the city council on May 21.
The public can review the budget online at kaysvillecity.com/government.citybudgets.html and will have a chance to comment at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. in city hall, 23 E. Center.
“We run very lean,” said John Thacker, city manager, of a proposed 1.5 percent market adjustment city-wide to salaries. “But if we’re not keeping up with the market then (employees) find others ways to care for their families and they’re not available to us.”
Merit increases to qualified employees will just go up a half step this year, instead of a full step, according to the budget proposal.
Department heads prepared their budget requests in April, said Thacker. Those requests were consolidated and balanced and returned to the department heads, who then had to readjust their budgets according to available funds.
This year’s city budget, including enterprise funds, totals $35,195,570, an amount 3.3 percent higher than last year’s.
“Property tax is still flat,” said Thacker. The additional funds are anticipated from growth in sales tax revenue and in increased fees generated from new construction, he said.
The proposed budget includes funds to advance two police officers to sergeants, and for increasing staffing from two firemen on duty 24/7, to four, said Thacker.
“We believe we’ve captured what you’ve expressed as needs, as priorities,” Thacker told the council.
Financing the rebuilding of tennis courts at Gailey Park was “a significant discussion item,” for staff, according to Thacker. Funds for the courts, which are estimated to be $110,000, will come from operations, maintenance and park budgets.
Dozens of residents had requested the improvements at a city council meeting earlier this year.
The budget also proposes leasing instead of purchasing some vehicles, for a savings of $16,000 a year.
As in last year’s budget, city staff has proposed transferring $265,000 from the power fund to the city’s general funds.
After the public hearing, the council can set work sessions to determine if or where changes to the proposed budget are necessary before approving a final budget on June 22.
• New tennis courts in Gailey Park
• $1.1 million in street improvements
• Two new firefighters
• Half-step merit increase in salaries for city employees.