Initial Budget Workshop, May 3, 2012

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Hunt declared a quorum present and called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

NEW BUSINESS

This meeting had been called at the request of Commissioner Hunt to discuss personnel costs for both the current year and the upcoming year.

Commissioner Hunt was concerned about a memorandum that had been written by Town Clerk/Finance Officer Blake Proctor concerning a proposed increase in gaming privilege licenses that stated in part that the town was not going to meet budgeted revenues this year. Mr. Proctor explained that the memo could have made it sound as though it was the current year, but it was actually alluding to the upcoming year. Commissioner Hunt was gratified by that response. The Commission was unanimous, however, in its opinion that the town should not raise gaming privilege license fees.

Mr. Proctor then distributed and discussed Excel spreadsheets that presented the personnel costs projected for the upcoming year, first, for each employee, and then by department, for all personnel expenses, including salaries, longevity, FICA, retirement, health insurance and life/disability insurance. Mr. Proctor stated that the expenses as presented in the spreadsheet reflected no increase in salaries and wages; however, the spreadsheet matrix automatically adjusts for any Cost of Living increases the Board may give the employees during the budget process. He stated that a 2.5% COLA increase would cost about $12,625.

Mr. Proctor said that the department heads were presently working on their respective budgets, that they were to be in his hands by the 10th, and that a consolidated proposed budget would be provided to the Commissioners on May 18th for the initial budget workshop at the May 23rd Commission Working Session.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Commissioner Hunt, second by Commissioner Love, to adjourn at 6:55 p.m.

 

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