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Carrollton advances salary ordinance
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:00 AM
Carrollton City Council members approved the first readings of ordinances relating to salary and compensation for city workers and elected officials during their meeting this week.
Council members approved the first reading of an ordinance establishing a 3 percent increase in the salary for city workers for the upcoming year, Mayor Gene McMurry said. The new salary scale for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will go into effect July 1.
The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the compensation for elected officials. The mayor's salary will be increased to $28,875.42 a year - or an increase of 3 percent - on Jan. 1, 2015.
The salary of each member of the city council will increase to $4,278.46 a year beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Council members agreed to a cost of living increase during budget discussions earlier this month, city clerk-treasurer Leatha Grimes said.
The salary of the mayor and council members may be revised each year on July 1 to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the ordinance said.
According to a Kentucky Revised Statute, an ordinance should be enacted by the first Monday in May during an election year to update salaries for officials.
Both ordinances will be up for a second reading during the city council's next meeting on April 14.
Also during the meeting, McMurry discussed the adjusted urban area for Carrollton. The 2014 adjusted urban boundary includes the city of Prestonville, the city of Carrollton, to the interstate on KY 227 and to the Markland Locks and Dam area on U.S. 42.
The former urban boundary included the city of Prestonville, the city of Carrollton and a small area near the Interstate 71 exit.
The Carrollton Urban Area boundaries indicate the flow of traffic through the area, McMurry said. The urban area boundaries does not expand the current city limits for Carrollton.
"It does nothing with the annexation," McMurry said.
The expanded urban area does allow the area to be moved up the priority scale when applying for federal funding for road maintenance or improvements, he said.
In other business:
The city council agreed to deem household goods left in a home the city purchased on Sycamore Street as surplus property.
Items will be inventoried prior to the city accepting sealed bids in coming weeks.
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