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Council adopts budget

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

After months of crunching numbers and pinching pennies, the City of Brazil has completed its 2009 budget.

The Common Council of the City of Brazil unanimously voted to adopt the proposed budget during Tuesday's meeting.

"Mathematically it works, but it does not solve all of the city's problems," Dan Hedden, CPA Principal for Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, said. "There is not a lot of room for error or changes, but we want to make sure the city ends 2009 with money in the bank."

Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times only incremental raises based on experience were given in hopes to maintain all employees, however, one position will be cut.

"We didn't give out percentage raises this year because there wasn't room in the budget, and we did cut the IT Manager position, which will save the city $11,000," Bradshaw said. "It was a position that wasn't essential at this time, but once city finances become a little more stable, there is a good chance we will bring it back."

The city was able to move some money around within the budget which could allow for more help at the street department.

"We have a healthy cemetery fund, and the salaries are typically split between the Motor Vehicle-Highway fund, with 25 percent of it coming from the cemetery fund," Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen said. "We switched it to a 50-50 split, which could allow for some more part-time help at the street department."

The budget will now be sent to the County Auditor for review then to the state for final approval.

The council also approved a change in the city's Personnel Policy Handbook regarding holiday pay for some full-time, hourly employees.

In a verbal agreement made during Tom Arthur's administration, full-time dispatchers at the Brazil City Police Department, and employees at the Water and Wastewater Distribution Plants were to receive "double time-and-a-half" compensation when working on holidays.

These employees receive their standard wage for an eight-hour workday on holidays and those who are on the job on a holiday also receive time-and-a-half compensation on top of the standard wage.

This policy will be officially added to the handbook.

In other business during Tuesday's council meeting:

* A resolution was passed authorizing the city to spend the proceeds from a General Obligation Bond, which was passed in a special meeting Oct. 21, to help pay debts and issuance costs for the bond. Hedden told the council this is basically a "debt restructuring" that also creates an additional revenue stream, and

* The council also unanimously voted to not extend the city's contract with Air Evac because there was not enough room in the 2009 budget.

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

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