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Auburn aiming to finalize budget details this week

POSTED: August 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Auburn city officials are aiming to have the final details of the 2015 fiscal year budget finalized this week.

Auburn leaders said they’ll decide at Thursday’s workshop on how to handle pay for some positions, including whether to increase the salary of one employee since they’ll be handling some duties once performed by the Parks & Leisure director. City officials discussed a proposed $2.8 million budget last week that they plan to vote on Sept. 4.

The proposed $2.8 million general fund budget is $50,000 lower than the 2014 fiscal year budget.

The budget includes no raises for employees and increases in health and dental insurance that will be passed onto staff.

The budget also eliminates the Parks & Leisure director following May resignation of the former director. A parks maintenance position will be moved to Public Works. By only having operations and maintenance listed under Parks & Leisure, the projected expenses dips from $176,000 to $59,000.

Councilman Bob Vogel suggested increasing Public Works Administrative Assistant Charlotte Ewing’s salary by $3,000 since she will handle the event planning that was once part of the Parks & Leisure Department.

The proposed budget presented last week is a nearly $1 million lower than 2008. Between 2008 and 2013, the property tax digest has fallen from $151 million to $103 million. The new Autry Pines Senior Village will bring more water revenue through water tap fees with the fund projected at $1.7 million in revenue and $1.4 million in expenses.

The budget does not include any changes in the ad valorem millage rates.

The police department is the largest general fund expenditure at $1.46 million. In the upcoming fiscal year the city is projecting $465,000 coming in for property taxes, $965,000 in Local Option Sales Tax and a total of $919,500 from insurance premium tax, franchise fees and the title ad valorem tax.



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