Minutes of The Special Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah

April 21, 1999, 5:00 p.m.

Mayor Lou Colosimo
Councilmembers: Roy A. Nikas, Betty P. Wheeler, Joe L. Piccolo, Stephen L. Denison, Richard Tatton
Staff: Vernon W. Jones (Community Administrator),   Pat Larsen (Finance Director), Gary Sonntag (PWD/City Engineer),  Keith Wight (Human Resource Director).
Excused: Joanne Lessar, City Recorder
Others Present: Robert Potts, Lisa Petersen

1. BUDGET SESSION - FY1999/2000

Mayor Colosimo called the meeting to order. Pat Larsen presented new budget sheets which reflect the changes made per directions from the last meeting. The budget is now out of balance by $24,200. Pat reviewed the items cut from the capital improvement list and felt there were some items that need to go back in. After review by the Council, the following items were placed back in the budget:

After including the above items, the budget is now out of balance by $200,500. Pat increased the sales tax by $30,000 and the highway tax by $20,000, which are both conservative figures.

Pat presented new copies for the personnel budget. She has taken out all increases that were not job reclassification related. The personnel budget is over by $150,000. Councilmember Nikas commented about the overtime during the past year. He appreciates what some supervisors have done to reduce overtime. Keith discussed a program through SOS for temporary seasonal employees. The City would choose the individual, SOS would hire them and pay them what the City would pay them. SOS would then charge the City 25%. This would save on unemployment costs, workers compensation, FICA, and the cost of Accounting to process the checks. All vacant positions were cut from the budget.

Keith presented a new concept for salary increases. Instead of giving a cost of living increase and a merit increase both on July 1st, the cost of living increase would be effective July 1st, but the merit increase would be tied in with the employee's anniversary date if they received a good evaluation. He also explained how longevity fits within the new salary range.

Meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.