Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sun Valley approves nonprofit service contracts

Marketing Alliance, Housing Authority pacts renewed

The Sun Valley City Council approved a slew of budget expenditures for marketing, community housing, special events and staff salaries during the Thursday, Oct. 2, council meeting. The approvals come at the start of the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2015.
Sun Valley Marketing Alliance
    The council renewed the fiscal contract between the city and the nonprofit Sun Valley Marketing Alliance, with a few amendments. The Marketing Alliance is designated to receive some 25 percent of all local-option-tax revenues collected, minus the 1 percent Air Service LOT. Council President Keith Saks set forward three distinctions for the 2014-2015 contract, which passed unanimously. The main change put forth states that:

  • Rather than six monthly installments of 25 percent of the LOT estimate followed by six months’ payment of 25 percent of actual LOT received, the city will pay the Marketing Alliance $20,000 for 11 months and a final payment of 25 percent of total LOT received for the 12th month.

Blaine County Housing Authority
    The city will pay the Housing Authority $18,000 in two installments of $9,000 for fiscal year 2014-2015 for providing services related to the city’s workforce housing need and for maintaining and preserving community housing for low- to moderate-income households, among other responsibilities.

Employee salaries
    The council unanimously approved the city employee’s salary pay ranges for fiscal year 2014-2015 with the addition of two new firefighter/EMT salary ranges. The council proposed a minimum of $37,200 and maximum of $48,950 in December 2013, after researching comparable cities’ pay ranges, according to City Administrator Susan Robertson.

Personnel policy
    The city of Sun Valley Personnel Policy was amended to reflect the aforementioned new firefighter positions—clarifying their 212 hours of scheduled work per 28 calendar days, which signify full-time work, and what constitutes overtime for full-time firefighters.  
Special events
    Following a Sept. 4 council meeting, members made motions to change the city’s special-event funding application and guidelines. City Clerk Alissa Weber made additions to the application to state more specific guidelines. Rather than continuing to use a point-based system to evaluate applicants, the city voted to use specific time increments and numbers or dollar amounts to quantify applicant answers. There were additional questions added to the application, as well. The city will continue to provide up to $5,000 per event held within the Sun Valley city limits.

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