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FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 8-18-10 LMS

City Finance Director Amy Fealko reported that day’s Finance Committee meeting details to the August 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

She said that representatives from the Lemhi County Humane Society met with the committee to ask if there was any possible way to reinstate the amount of money the city has traditionally contributed to the organization. It was pointed out the Humane Society is truly non-profit organization which spends only what revenue is generated.

Up until now the city has been budgeting $14,000 a year to the Lemhi County Humane Society. In the upcoming budget the city has allocated $7,000. Fealko said Lemhi County contributes $2,000 annually. The committee recommended the organization look into a fund raising event and Fealko said the organization is planning to approach the county and ask if any additional funding is available.

The Finance Committee is working on a schedule of cemetery fees for non-city residents which will be presented to the City Council. The committee will now move on to discussing a possible recreation fee for those who use city recreation facilities but live outside the city limits.

Fealko said the committee has recommended a change in the city’s sick leave policy and those recommendations will be placed on the full council’s September 1st meeting agenda. She said the changes would eliminate excess hours accumulated by some employees and thereby reduce the city’s (revenue) liability to a more manageable level. The Finance Committee also continued a wage scale policy discussion and decided additional revisions are needed before presenting recommendations to the council.

The city swimming pool has requested $10,000 in Local Option Tax (LOT) funding. Fealko said that committee member Councilman Ken Gutzman would like to see more money from LOT proceeds going towards the pool. City Recreation Director Judy Barkley will be invited to the next Finance Committee meeting to discuss LOT funding possibilities.

Fealko then clarified the salaries at the Sacajawea Center. She told the council the facility’s salaries are comprised of 50 percent of Judy Barkley’s salary, the amount paid to her for being the center’s director, plus two year around 15 hour per week positions and one six month, 15 hour per week maintenance position.

Further details of the 2010-11 fiscal year budget continue to be discussed however any fine tuning changes will be made in the form of line item adjustments and will not alter the overall total of the fiscal budget.

Those in attendance at the August 18 Finance Committee meeting were Fealko, Councilmen Ken Gutzman, Ron Radford and Jim Baker along with City Administrator George Ambrose.


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