City budget includes 5% raise for lower-paid

The administration’s proposed budget for the year beginning July 1 includes a 5% raise for all Eunice non-Civil Service city employees making $8 an hour or less. That's about one-fourth of the city's work force.

That increase is in addition to the 1% longevity pay all eligible employees will receive.

There is no other across-the-board increase proposed, though the mayor does have the ability to fund selected merit increases.

Overall payroll growth in the spending plan is 4.3 percent, or about $114,000 over this year.

Mayor Bob Morris and/or City Clerk Earlene LeJuene are reviewing the revenue-and-spending plan with City Council members preliminary to a public hearing on June 10.

A legal ad on Page 3B in today’s edition summarizes the budget and notes it can be reviewed at City Hall during normal business hours.

Payroll and payroll-related expenses take a large bite of the city’s dollar.

Base payroll in the upcoming fiscal year for all departments is estimated at $2,735,000.

Overtime accounts for another $346,500. That’s a $10,300 increase over the current year and amounts to about 12 percent of the payroll budget. Police, $126,000, and Fire, $118,000, are the big overtime accounts.

Retirement and pension fund contributions will rise a about 4.7 percent.

The city will contribute $413,000 to employee retirement accounts.

It will pay $53,200 in Medicare/FICA taxes.

The city’s workman’s compensation fund payments will drop $13,000 to $260,000.

The city’s cost for group health insurance coverage rises $12,900, 2.3 percent, to $462,500.

Total personnel-related expenses are $4,370,200.

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