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Council approves budget, salaries

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Common Council of the City of Brazil approved the final adoption of the 2008 budget and numerous salary ordinances during its meeting Tuesday night.

The second reading of the final adoption for the 2008 budget was approved at an estimate of $4,688,998. This may be changed pending state approval.

The council also passed the second and final reading of three salary ordinances, all giving city employees a 3 percent raise across the board, including the police and fire departments. The ordinance for the salaries of appointed officers and employees also included a sixth year of longevity pay.

One hitch is in the passing of the ordinance setting firefighter salaries.

The Salary Negotiations Committee of the International Association of Firefighters Union Local 1453, which represents the Brazil City Fire Department, has not yet come to an agreement with the city for these salaries. The union's last offer asked for a 3.5 percent pay raise and a 14th year of longevity pay.

The council decided to stick with the 3 percent raise and keep the longevity pay at the 13th year to keep it even with the pay scale of the Brazil City Police Department.

The city is also now one step closer to becoming larger.

Two ordinances, along with a petition, was presented by Attorney Eric Somheil on behalf of Gasway Insurance Unlimited, Inc., for the possible rezoning and annexation of approximately 29 acres into the corporate limits of the city.

The land, located at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Water Works Road (County Road 200 West), is owned by Gasway and has been petitioned to be rezoned from residential to general business.

"The purpose of doing this is to help the marketability of the area," Somheil said. "I think his will help benefit the city through the building of a mall or other business to bring more money flow into Brazil."

After holding a public hearing for the annexation where there were no public comments, the council unanimously passed both ordinances on the first reading.

The sprinkler and alarm systems at the Clay County Health Care Center will also be upgraded.

The council suspended the rules to pass a resolution which will refinance the bond needed for the upgrades.

This does not bind the city in any way or create an obligation for the city. The issue simply needed to be approved by the council.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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I wonder if the Mayor's salary will also be increased. If that is so, isn't that nice! They would not give the former mayor a raise, but will give the new mayor, who ever that maybe, a raise before they even do anything.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 8:45 AM

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