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Council looks to amend budget

Caitlin Rickard • Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m., where amending the budget is on the agenda to allow for employee raises.

The council will look to approve on final reading an ordinance by Councilor Kathy Warmath that would amend the recently passed budget to include a one-step employee compensation increase.

This issue came about, according to the ordinance, “due to unforeseen and unexpected circumstances, there was a lack of clarity in the budget approval process and the 2013-14 fiscal year budget did not include a one-step employee compensation increase,” and the ordinance goes on to state that the council intending on adding this increase originally.

The budget would be amended by the amount needed for these one-step raises and use funds from the city’s reserve fund.

In order for employees to qualify for the one-step increase, they must have been hired on or before July 1, 2012. They must also not have received a promotion or pay increase already funded in the 2013-14 budget to be qualified for the one-step increase. All $300 bonuses would be rescinded for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The ordinance would take effect immediately after if the council were to pass it. Previously, this ordinance passed on first reading at the Sept. 30 meeting.

Council is also scheduled to have a public hearing to begin prior to the meeting at 5:55 p.m. to discuss a few items related to zoning on the agenda.

With a hearing for the public to voice their concerns before, council will look to approve the annexing of part of the Amazon property on Duke Drive. The ordinance would allow the entire Amazon property to fall within the Lebanon city limits.

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