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Falkville budgets 5% pay hike for employees

Published 1:15pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

Falkville Town Council adopted a general fund budget that includes a five percent pay adjustment for employees at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

All employees with receive a 2.5 percent cost of living pay increase. In addition, they will be eligible to receive a 2.5 percent increase based of job performance.

The town is also absorbing a 5 percent increase in health insurance for employees and their dependents.

Other than those costs, the town’s new budget is about the same as what it was a year earlier, according to Mayor Bob Ramey.

“Our anticipated revenues are a little over $2 million and expenses are projected to be slightly under that,” Ramey stated. “I feel comfortable with it. It’s a doable budget and one that is good for the town.”

Project engineer Russ Robert reported that the town’s Community Development Block Grant project on the west side of Highway 31 is complete with the exception of a small amount of paving and permanent striping.

The project involved storm drainage and street improvements.

Robert said expenditures totaled $779,510.84, of which $400,000 came from a CBDG grant.

The council acted on other matters as follows:

•Amended the sale tax ordinance to impose a 3 percent gross receipts tax on athletic and entertainment events.

•Approved $175 plus lodging and expenses for Town Clerk Dawn Estes to attend the IIMC Region III Conference in Albany, Ga., Jan 15-17, 2014.

•Appointed Amy Grissom Luker to fill the unexpired term of her father, the late Jim Grissom, on the Falkville Planning Commission.

•Approved $1,000 for the purchase of safety items for the police department, payable out of Defensive Driving School funds.

• Declared as surplus property miscellaneous bathroom items from the library and authorized their disposal.

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