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City Council discusses salaries

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Brazil City Council met for its monthly meeting Wednesday and was presented with salary ordinances for the first reading.

Ordinances Nos. 15-20-2012 set the salaries of the mayor, clerk-treasurer, city council, police, firefighter and city employees, respectively.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen, all salaries have been raised 2.8 percent, which will account for the cost-of-living adjustment.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham elaborated on the adjustment.

"(We) would like to do this for all city employees across the board," Wyndham said. "That wasn't a figure just grabbed out of the air ... if we do a 2.8 percent increase for employees it's a rate adjustment for cost-of-living. It just keeps them maintained with what they are now. If the cost-of-living goes up 2.8 percent and we raise it 2.8 percent, then they just got a cost-of-living adjustment."

Wyndham added the city is down $250,000 from where it was this time last year due to different cuts.

The motion to accept ordinances on the first reading passed for every salary, but the city council's.

Councilman Dustin Jorgensen said he didn't feel comfortable passing the raised salary in the wake of the other increases the city has been instituting for the public.

"I think it's extremely poor timing when we're doing this, after just passing a rate increase," Jorgensen said.

The motion was made to not act on Ordinance No. 17-2012 and it passed 4-0, with Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw absent.

The council's plan is to meet Oct. 17 for the second reading of the salary ordinances -- which need to be submitted by Nov.1 -- and a workshop for the 2013 budget.

The council also tentatively scheduled an Oct. 24 meeting for the possible adoption of the 2013 budget.

Both upcoming meetings are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

The Brazil City Council meets regularly the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.



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