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City proposes pay raises, street work in new budget
by Jebb Johnston
Sep 03, 2013 | 206 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is proposing a pay increase for city employees and some street improvements in the fiscal 2014 budget.

The board held the budget public hearing on Tuesday and will consider adopting the budget in a special meeting next week. Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the board held a special meeting to make some of the final decisions on the budget proposal, including the amount of a pay raise for personnel.

The board settled on 3 percent or 30 cents an hour, whichever is greater. City employees also got a raise last year in the amount of 5 percent or 50 cents an hour.

The city is looking at a $1.6 million bond issue in the coming year which would not require a tax increase and would help to fund infrastructure projects. Mayor Tommy Irwin said aldermen would have $100,000 to spend in each of the five wards on paving of streets. Some work on curbs, gutters and sidewalks and installation of upscale street lighting is also possible.

The city is also considering a low-interest loan to fund the $1 million match for the $4.1 million Economic Development Administration grant to build detention areas in the Tishomingo Street-Polk Street drainage basin and the Hickory Road-Oak Lane drainage basin.

The proposed millage rate, including the school tax, is unchanged at 95.

The public hearing drew no comments.

In other business before the board:

• On the Verandah-Curlee House renovation, the city will solicit bids for repair of the roof, which is expected to fall within the budget. The board also gave approval to apply for another historic preservation grant for further work on the house. A 20 percent local match will be required.

• The board approved the sale of some small parcels of property in Spence Subdivision/Lincoln Place Subdivision to high bidder Patty Hill for $2,501. The properties are described as being near the KFC and old Gibson’s properties.

• Aldermen approved a beer license for Safari Inc. on Highway 72 and a temporary beer permit for the Hog Wild festival.
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