Levy will drop 1.6 cents
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
For the first time, tax askings to support the city of Imperial budget will bypass the $1 million mark.
Monday’s city council meeting opened with the budget hearing, which preceded a 4-0 vote approving the property tax request of $1,098,199.26 to support the 2014-15 budget.
That’s up from $947,945 in 2013-14 or 15.8 percent.
A 17 percent growth in valuation, from $123.154 million to $144.423 million, contributed to city officials’ ability to drop the 2014-15 levy from 80.5 cents last year to 78.9 cents for the General Fund, bonds and airport operation.
City officials also voted to increase it allowable spending authority by 1 percent.
The city’s budget year begins Oct. 1.
In separate action, the city approved 2014-15 wage increases for all department heads and employees.
Department heads’ salaries will increase 3 to 6 percent. The wage ordinance approved shows these increases for the city’s department heads:
City Clerk/Adm. Jo Leyland, from $72,100 to $74,263.
Public Works Supt. Pat Davison, from $72,100 to $74,263.
Police Chief Ryan Wisnieski, from $50,000 to $51,500.
Comm. Dev. Director Jason Tuller, from $60,000 to $61,800.
Bldg. Inspector/Zoning Officer Nick Schultz from $15,000 to $16,000.
All of the department heads are on an annual salary.
City employees will receive wage hikes from 3 to 20 percent depending on department head recommendations and wage surveys, the largest coming in the police department.