The 2012-2013 budget includes across-the-board cost-of-living salary increases for city employees, who have gone several years with no raises, as well as an extra salary increase for the animal control officer and the parks technician.
The raises were a subject of discussion for the council in the meetings leading up to the budget’s final approval, and both employees’ supervisors were adamant that the employees’ responsibilities had increased and they were doing an excellent job.
While it is budgeted that the city will pull from savings to cover expenses this year, the council declined to further explore raising property taxes for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. That will likely be necessary in the near future though, if revenues don’t improve, its members said.
The council also approved hiring Watson Engineering as the city engineer. The city does not have enough work for a full-time engineer, but will work with Watson Engineering on an as-needed basis. The city has similar arrangement with Attorney Gary Kuhlmann.
A contract with the engineering company will be brought to the council at its July 18 meeting. Rasmussen said there will be a probationary period and the contract will be renewable year by year.
The Enoch City Council July 4 meeting has been cancelled in lieu of the city’s Independence Day festivities, at which city councilmembers will cook hot dogs for residents at Old Enoch Park.