City gives budget final OK

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Maysville City Commission gave final approval to the city’s 2018-2019 budget during a special meeting Tuesday.

The budget includes estimated revenue of $12.2 million in the general fund, along with $9.5 million carried over in the general fund and $4.5 million in the utility fund, generated by almost $1 million in property tax, along with $8,5 million in license and permits.

Budgeted appropriations include $3,1 million for general government, $2.5 million for police, $2.5 million for fire and $2.6 for public works. With a shortfall of about $1 million projected, the contingency fund is expected to total $8.6 million.

City employees can expect to receive raises averaging 1.5 percent effective July 1 , Wallingford said recently. Raises are not across-the-board raises, he said, instead department heads will determine who gets what based on performance. If the budget looks healthy enough at midyear, there is the change of another 1.5 percent being added, he said.

The city had originally planned a 3 percent increase in wages before cuts to the proposed budget were made.

In a related agenda item, commissioners approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for Wallingford as part of his annual evaluation.

Wallingford, who will have been in the city manager’s position for two years in August, has done an excellent job, Commissioner Kelly Ashley said.

“He keeps us updated so we don’t get blindsided,” Ashley said.

“Things are going well,” Mayor David Cartmell said in recommending the raise. Commissioners approved the motion unanimously.

In other business, commissioners:

— Adopted an ordinance setting pay scales for classified and non-elected personnel, effective July 1.

— Adopted a municipal order amending personnel policy on layoffs. Under the order, layoffs will be determined by the needs of the city and seniority in the case of multiple layoffs in the same position or department. Employees will be notified in writing prior to being laid off. Part-time, seasonal and temporary employees will be laid off first.

— Accepted resignations from employees in Tourism and Utilities departments.

— Held the first reading of an ordinance amending the street sweeper schedule to delete Cottage Street.

— Held the first reading of a land use management ordinance that reduces signage regulations to include only time, place and manor of display. The ordinance must be content neutral, Wallingford said, to comply with a Supreme Court ruling.

Commission set a special meeting for July 5 at 5:15 p.m., to replace the regular meeting for the month. Anyone who would like an item on the agenda should contact city hall in advance since only agenda items can be addressed during the meeting.

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Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]