3/10 Council Workshop

At the last City Council budget workshop of this fiscal year, the group discussed possible uses for a $200,000 budget surplus.

Staff recommended the council use the funds to reward high performing city employees with bonuses, but many disagreed with that approach, leaving the group divided on where the money should go.

“We’re going to go into debt this year,” said Councilman Steve Chirico. “We’re going to take out more bonds and debt. We have just done a significant increase on our electric utility customers. I don’t think we should take the money and bond it out. I feel it’s going to be viewed very poorly by the residents.”

After much discussion, the council came to a consensus that they would like to use the funds towards the $1.8 million recycling cart program.

“I think if we want to put a program in place for people to take advantage of we need to subsidize these carts in some way,” said Councilman Paul Hinterlong. “I don’t want to discourage everyone in our efforts to get people to recycle, but I think it’s a bad precedent to set when we say you have to pay for it and people are going to say ‘no I’m not.’”

The council will officially vote on where the money will go at a future meeting.

Also at the workshop, council approved the Water/Wastewater Utility’s budget, along with requests from all other outside funds that receive city money.

With the financial work shopping process complete, the full budget will go in front of the council for a final vote, including a chance for public comment, on April 1.

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