NOLANVILLE — City Council members discussed the future of city employees’ salaries as well as other upcoming budget issues at their June 19 meeting.
City Manager Stephen Pearl said after crunching budget numbers, the city’s taking in about $1.129 million, while it’s average expenditures are around $1.188 million.
“That’s a difference of $59,000,” he said, explaining the city has several options to solve the difference.
The most significant expenditures include road maintenance and repairs, police equipment, public works and legal fees, Pearl said.
The council’s options to fix the possible deficiency include taking money out of the city’s reserve fund, slashing road maintenance and/or park improvement expenditures, adjusting property taxes or a combination of options, Pearl said.
“The other thing y’all asked me to look at is employee pay for them, since we are a lot lower than other municipalities,” Pearl said.
The proposed pay scale, which will be discussed at a future workshop, would cost the city an additional $9,000.
A 1 percent salary increase would cost the city around $5,000, a 2 percent increase would cost the city about $10,000 and a 3 percent would cost the city about $15,000, he said.
Pearl, who announced his resignation last week, also advised council members to consider how much they would be willing to pay the future city manager in order to attract competitive applicants.
“Right now, we’re at about $60,000 and so I was thinking a good number to meet in the middle might be ($65,000),” he said.