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City of Elsberry approves 2013 budget

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Elsberry City Attorney was asked during the November City Council meeting to put together a presentation showing how the water rates in Elsberry are comparable, if not cheaper, than some of the surrounding area. During the Dec. 11 City Council meeting he gave this presentation, although it did not seem to solve many residents concerns of possible water rate increases.

During the Elsberry City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, council members were not yet ready to view or accept the 2013 city budget, so instead, they decided to table the issue for a special meeting which was held on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Items discussed and adopted throughout the  Dec. 18 meeting included General Revenue, where the board voted and accepted to reduce Reduced Municipal Court Transfer to $16,000, reduce Fourth of July funds to $1,200, added $3,000 for building maintenance and a two percent salary increase.
They also voted and approved to increase the budget transfer on streets to $60,000, as well as equipment and repairs with a 15 percent shared cost of truck and 100 percent cost of plow and spreader. Contract labor is now budgeted at $74, 205.88 for major street repairs and if funds allow, North Fifth Street to Browns Mill Road will receive milling and overlay, the intersection of North Fourth Street and Lincoln Street for milling only and the Broadway Extension from Hwy. B to Tomahawk Drive. They have also added a new line item for Storm Water Maintenance.
Water received equipment and repairs as well, with a 35 percent shared cost of truck and computers with a 25 percent shared cost of computers. However, the proposal did not include any additional services for Lakeview. Sewers also received the same on equipment and repair, 35 percent, but added a new line item for the sewer upgrades, which work is to be done by local work force. In addition too, the sewer fund will be transferred to the reserve fund to aid in building a reserve for the sewer project.
One of the biggest changes made were to the emergency services fund where the pay scale changes for not only the Chief of Police but also for full and part-time officers. The Emergency Services Committee suggested a two percent pay raise, in order to keep the range in pay levels equal. It was recommended to raise salaries by two percent for Elsberry Police Chief Robert Bodley’s current annual salary of $40,310.40 or $806.21 across the board. On a side note, Bodley’s salary is based on 2080 hours per year, along with 2236 hours per year.

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