Homer city employees may soon see an increase in their paycheck.
At a meeting held Tuesday night, June 9, the council continued review of the FY 2015 budget.
After meeting in closed session to discuss personnel, the council recommended pay raises for all employees, with some employees receiving up to an eight percent increase. But to make this happen, the council will have to sharpen their pencils and readjust budget proposals.
The general budget proposes $381,900 in estimated revenue and $383,430 in expenses, a difference of $1,530. In addition, the downtown development authority is requesting an increase from last year’s $16,000 to $23,450 in FY 2015. The DDA will receive rental fees set later in the meeting, which will help offset the requested increase. The water department budget will remain at $151,000, reflecting the same amount budgeted for FY2014. A work session will be scheduled later in the month to complete the budget.
In other business at the June 9 meeting,
•upon recommendation by the planning commission, the council approved a request from Vernon Dockery to rezone property located at 121 Cagle Road from Highway Business (HB) to Residential. According to the rezoning application, Dockery is requesting the change in order to sell the property.
•the council approved a lease agreement for the old fire station building. The building consists of two separate sections and rent was set at $250 per unit. The lessee would be required to maintain the historical nature of the building and abide by sign regulations.
•the council appointed Jessica Freeman Rothell as board trustee to the Banks County Library Board. Rothell will serve a three-year term.
•the council approved amendments to the FY2014 budget. Revenue was amended to reflect receipt of a grant from Georgia Department of Transportation in the amount of $20,109 and a grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $17,542. Expense budget was amendment to reflect repairs at the old fire station in the amount of $21,565.