The Ketchum City Council unanimously approved the second reading of its upcoming fiscal year 2015 budget Monday, Aug. 18.
During the first reading on Aug. 4, the council made a few changes to the mayor’s initial fiscal year 2015 budget. Without transfers, the total budget is $15,861,777, according to City Clerk and Treasurer Sandra Cady. That figure includes receipts from a new 1 percent local-option tax to support air service.
At the Aug. 4 meeting, council members voted to increase the allotment for the Community Development Corp.’s Ketchum Innovation Center from $42,000 to $70,000. The approximate $28,000 increase was split from reserve funds and the contingency fund, Cady said.
The city also voted to approve the salaries for three full-time firefighters, and increased the Mountain Rides budget from $500,000 to $550,000, during the Aug. 4 meeting.
Also approved were 2 percent salary raises for all city employees, except firefighters, who will get a 3.8 percent raise over a two-year period.
Public comment will be allowed at the final reading on Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Ketchum City Hall before the council members vote to approve the budget. Following the Aug. 4 meeting, the council can only lower figures within the proposed budget, Cady said.
The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.
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