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City Council approves 2013 budget

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Brad Deal
The City of Brazil Common Council met for a regular meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers.

At a special session meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17, the board reviewed the tentative 2013 budget, and at this week's meeting, approved it.

Council President Sam Glover led the budget discussion and several ordinances were passed concerning the budget.

Ordinance No.14-2012, the BAN/bond ordinance, Ordinance No.18-2012, the police salary ordinance and Ordinance No.19-2012, the firefighters salary ordinance were all unanimously approved.

Ordinance No.15-2012, the mayor's salary ordinance and Ordinance No.16-2012, the clerk treasurer's salary ordinance, were both approved with modifications.

Ordinance No.15-2012 originally called for Mayor Brian Wyndham's salary to increase by $2,395 for 2013. Wyndham's salary for 2012 was $30,700, and the ordinance called for his 2013 salary to be $33,095.

Council member Brad Deal requested that the board raise Wyndham's salary an even $3,000, and proposed the figure be a blanket number used every year regarding an increase in the mayor's salary.

Deal also proposed the same amount be raised in Clerk Treasurer Karen McQueen's salary under Ordinance No.16-2012 for 2013, raising her salary from $27,500 to $30,500.

The board was told by City Attorney Traci Lawson salaries have to be approved on a year-by-year basis, so they can't make the $3,000 raise a blanket decision for coming years.

The board unanimously approved the ordinances with modifications to raise Wyndham and McQueen's salary by $3,000 each for 2013.

The board also modified the ordinances containing the salaries of various employees and appointees.

Deal felt the head of the departments of Planning and Zoning as well as the HR safety director deserved a higher rate of pay than the deputy clerk treasurer and the mayor's administrative assistant who were currently being paid more.

"I personally believe those department heads should have high salaries that are second to that of the mayor," Deal said.

The council discussed the various responsibilities of these positions, with Wyndham defending his administrative assistant, saying she "does more than what's seen on the surface. She has quite a bit of responsibility and deals with a lot of things when I'm not here."

The council agreed that all four positions deserved raises, but that the department heads should be making more than the deputy clerk treasurer and administrative assistant, simply because of the higher amount of responsibility and accountability that they hold.

Deal said it came down to the amount of responsibility held as the head of a department or as a member who supports a department.

Modifications were then made to the budget to make the department heads' salaries increase at a higher rate than the clerk treasurer and administrative assistant.

Further, the council changed the raises for Board of Works members from the original plan of $4,000 down to $3,000. Currently Board of Works members make $1,000 a year for their work.

Next, the board heard from John Anderson, an attorney based in Indianapolis, and Jenni Chamberlain, executive director of S.O.S. (Serving on the Streets) in Brazil.

Anderson and Chamberlain are working together to turn the former Brazil Junior High School into affordable housing for the city. They are putting together an application for affordable housing tax credits and needed the council to change their redevelopment plan in order to gain more points on their application.

The affordable housing project will work with S.O.S.'s plan to use their previously awarded OCRA grant to create a community center in the gymnasium of Brazil Junior High.

The housing project will consist of 30 two-bedroom apartments that will be provided to those who can't necessarily afford other housing in the city. Rent rates will be based on an individual's income, and their rates will not increase if their income increases. According to Chamberlain, it will be a way out of poverty for people in the city.

The board accepted the resolution to adopt the redevelopment plan.

Finally, the board accepted a $20,000 appropriation in the 2013 budget to use for the unsafe building fund, so the Board of Planning and Zoning can tear down vacant, worn-down homes in the city.

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This is a OMFG !!! Situation. With the Economy in such a disaray, our streets are the worst in the state of Indiana, you are giving over a 10% increase in wages.!!! Reminds me of the corruption in California.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 9:59 PM

And by the way. The Picture of Brad Deal, looks like a mug shot. With his red jump suit. Kinda tells the story of the misappropiation of funds.

(line everyones pockets on election year).

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 10:03 PM

i totally agree with you tired, all i have seen done in wyndam's tenure is to raise water rates his wages while everything else has gone to hell in a handbasket, MR Mayor can you tell me one thing you have done for the city!!!!! i guess this is what happens when you put a insurance man in charge of the government it goes runaway like the insurance premiums

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 10:24 PM

I believe Deal is related to both the mayor and the clerk-treasuer............is this a conflict of interest??????????????????????

-- Posted by tinytim on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 10:32 PM

there you have it folks.city of brazil is so broke they want to tax pet owners per head,they dont have any money for anything ELSE cause they are too busy giving out raises to theirselves.you people at city hall make me sick,and to think i voted for your lame a$%^&,pathedic.this will make a good topic for my internet pod cast that airs in 16 minutes.no wonder i spend half my time repairing the frontends of my vehicles,god forbid you fix one f$%^&*( street in this city.bet you next election ill be voting the other way.i was told by reputuble law enforcement a vote for this administration was a vote in the right direction,sure the direction of your wallets.pigs

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 12:16 AM

tinytim,this is not conflict of intrest,its called nepatism,a law passed in indiana prohibiting such employment.hay heres an idea,if every citizen refuses to pay property tax,wonder how quick theyed back the f up

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 12:20 AM

Let me get this straight...Raise rates on citizens, cut employee benefits, talk about how the City doesn't have money, and then give big raises to yourselves. Good job!!! Well at least for you.

-- Posted by commanche1 on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:11 AM

and buy a vehicle just for the fire chief so he can use it for personal use and not have to ride to the fires on the truck with thee rest of the firemen

-- Posted by grays on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:24 AM

I can't believe what I just read, surely I misunderstood. They actually proposed raising the mayors salary $3000.00 per year automatically every year. Wow for how long?? That would amount to a $12000.00 raise during his term. Unbelieveable!

-- Posted by Dwisewti on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:39 PM

Brazil- nothing was mentioned about the proposed raise for the golf course.the board has proposed a 16 thousand dollar raise for one employee after giving him a 6 thousand dollar raise last yr.The golf course still owes the general fund of Brazil 10 thosand dollars,this was loaned them through the help of Brad Deal and our Mayor and of course the council members.The course had a good yr but they have bills they are sittig on and those bills should be paid rather than us tax payers in Brazil takeing care of them and letting the golf board hand out 16 thousand dollar raises.this has been kept quiet and hopefully people will call our mayor and the golf board and our city council for letting this raise happen.

-- Posted by claymm3 on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:53 PM

as i said before,refuse to pay city property tax as im going to do,and see how quick the mayors office back paddles.dave archer,you smoke screened me into voting for this administration.you said a vote for these people is a vote in the right direction.right into their wallets.brazil city hall sucks and i will vote the other way when wyndam is up for reelection.enjoy your pay raise,it will be very short lived,PIGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Sat, Oct 27, 2012, at 1:19 AM

Now here is something to ponder.Huge raises for select few.Short term disability taken away from city employees.Was this saving used for these raises?Whats up?

-- Posted by viewer-51 on Sat, Oct 27, 2012, at 2:35 PM

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha .. I'm so happy I don't live in the city anymore .. or the county. It's amazing how much nicer Indianapolis is - and my local tax is about HALF what it was for Brazil.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 12:02 PM

The Nepotism Law (Indiana Code 4-15-7-1) only applies to state level office. Local and county offiecs are free to do what they want - as we can see.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Wed, Oct 31, 2012, at 9:38 AM

I am very disappointed in this admininstrations course. They seriously give themselves raises less than a month after announcing they are raising water prices again. They have alot of nerve and obviously no concern for the everyday working citizens.

-- Posted by sign-o-the-times on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 12:08 PM

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