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Radcliff reviews new city budget tonight

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A 1.5 percent cost-of-living pay increase for city employees is included in the proposed budget up for consideration tonight at the Radcliff City Council meeting.

During a day-long budget work session last week, Mayor J.J. Duvall provided council members with the annualized impact of several pay rate options. Based on available resources, the council opted for the 1.5 percent proposal.

The $14 million budget includes some job restructuring, which will require the council to also approve changes to the employee strength table.

Duvall proposed an additional full-time employee for the parks and recreation staff plus upgrading an administrative permit clerk position from part-time to full-time status. Later this year, he plans to ask the council to approve Ashley Russo’s selection as city clerk and move some of her present duties to the permit clerk.

Russo served as city clerk during Duvall’s previous term as mayor from 2011-15.

She would replace Jeff England, who has announced his plans to retire after 30 years of service to the city.

Duvall said changing the administration jobs provided a net savings of $29,000 to the city.

During Mike Weaver’s term as mayor, Duvall served as the city economic development director. He’s chosen to leave that position vacant but it remains in tact on the employee list.

For now, he continues to handle those responsibilities from the mayor’s office but wants to consider hiring someone in the future to pursue new opportunities.

Duvall said the budget includes no tax increases and the separate stormwater fee is unchanged.

The council approved an increase in the city’s municipal payroll tax last year. The budget calls for escrowing all the new money raised for use in addressing increases in the city’s retirement fund obligations.

The most significant new expenditure in the budget, Duvall said, is completion of an access road from Johnson Road leading to the new Red Hill Cutlery location under construction alongside Boundary Oak Distillery. The cost is estimated at $70,000. The city is marketing two other lots it owns along that right of way, which could recover the expense.

Tonight’s council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor council chamber of Radcliff City Hall.

Two readings are required for the budget, which would take effect July 1 with the new fiscal year. A special council meeting has been called for 5 p.m. Monday for a final reading and vote.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com.

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