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.