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Hayden employees to get raise

General fund budget could see 9 percent increase

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:28 am, Wed Jul 10, 2013.

HAYDEN - Officials at Hayden City Hall so far are planning for a 9 percent increase for next year's general fund and public works budget compared with the current fiscal year.

The fiscal year 2014 budget so far comes in at $3.89 million, topping this year's at $3.57 million, said Kristine Rose, city finance director.

On Tuesday night, the city council conducted the final of three budget workshops.

Mayor Ron McIntire and the city council during the workshop instructed city staff to put a 3 percent across-the-board salary increase in place for next year for the city's 26 full-time employees.

"That way everyone gets something," McIntire said. The increase would cost the city $45,600.

"It's overdue," McIntire said after the meeting.

It's been nearly eight years since the city has gone beyond merit increases.

The primary sources of revenue for the general fund budget include property taxes, utility franchise fees, building fees, and intergovernmental revenue.

The city is planning to spend $135,000 to add a third Kootenai County Sheriff's Office deputy who will be dedicated to patrolling the city of Hayden, Rose said. Those funds will go toward the pay and training of the deputy and for a patrol vehicle and equipment.

The city has budgeted $80,000 for new public works equipment, including a paving roller, truck radios, mower and dump trailer, Rose said.

There is a bump of $37,000 for city employee medical insurance costs, a premium increase of 12 percent.

The city also is budgeting for a total of $28,000 increase for retired employee benefits, which was required by the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho.

The budget will be tentatively adopted on July 23, and the city will conduct a budget hearing on Aug. 20.

After tentative adoption, the budget cannot be increased, but could be decreased.

As for revenues, the city plans to take the full 3 percent increase in property tax revenue allowed by state law, which amounts to $32,000.

Due to increased construction activity, building-fee revenue is budgeted to increase by 20 percent.

The Association of Idaho Cities is projecting modest increases in sales tax and highway revenue between 1 percent and 5 percent for next year.

Revenue sharing dollars from the state are expected to exceed the amount conservatively budgeted for the current fiscal year. Those dollars come from sales tax revenues, liquor distribution revenues and highway revenues.

Expenditures are projected to be less than conservatively budgeted for this year due to medical insurance savings and lower street department costs, Rose said.

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  • imisscda posted at 1:50 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    Good for Hayden!

  • concernedcitizen posted at 12:56 pm on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    We would have 100 times the money for the truly important things like teachers, police and fire if we stood against the waste in government. Not EVERY government job is necessary and not EVERYONE is deserving of an automatic raise simply because the unnecessary position exists.

  • 986crazy posted at 10:40 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    Inflation for our Northern Idaho has been running a little over 3% a year for about the last ten years. So, if you haven't received any increase in income for the last 8 years, you're making 24% less than you were 8 years ago. A 3% increase ALMOST keeps your head above water from JUST last year. As MisterD stated, I know of NO ONE in the private sector who hasn't seen a salary increase in the last year. I'm sure there are some, I just don't know of any. ON THE OTHER HAND, NO ONE I know of has received a salary increase as a state employee this year. So, all those state employees are making 3% less than last year and most of those people have seen their workloads increase as people aren't being replaced when retiring/changing jobs into the private sector.
    Here's the clincher, if a state job is so cushy, how many of them have those of you who constantly spew venom towards public sector employees, have you applied for? Yah, that's what I thought.

  • mister d posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    How about spoken like someone who has worked hard all of their life and been financially successful and feels everyone who works hard deserves pay that keeps up somewhat with inflation. I don't have the grudge against public employees that some apparently do and feel I get a good return from my local taxes.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    Spoken like a true government employee mister d.


  • mister d posted at 8:51 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    I know very few private sector friends who have not received raises in the last year. It is about time Hayden and other government agencies caught up.

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:49 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 374

    Counting chickens before they hatch is all the rage in government circles these days. Why not? The taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill. So on top of private sector workers not getting more pay, they will pay more in taxes. Ever milk a cow without feeding it? Pretty soon the milk dries up.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 7:38 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

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    8 years is a long time to go with out an increase in pay, especially with the cost of living climbing at such a rate. Seasoned and trained employees are hard to lose and the cost of training a new individual or bringing that person up to speed, will be greater than a three percent increase. Smart business move and good to see the city standing behind their full time help.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:15 am on Wed, Jul 10, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Of COURSE they do furthering the gap between the government and those in private sector that are NOT receiving raises to pay for it.

    Genius, simply genius.

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