The Paonia Town Council has been refining the 49-page 2014 budget proposed by Cindy Jones, finance officer; Barbara Peterson, town clerk; Scott Leon, police chief; and Travis Loberg, public works director. On Dec. 10, the council approved the final budget.
After discussion for many years, the current town council made it clear they wanted a town manager who would be over all other department heads. The budget included an organizational chart with the mayor and six trustees at the top, followed by the town manager over administration, the police department and public works.
Administration is managed by the town clerk over the deputy town clerk, the building official and the finance officer. The police department chief has a sergeant, an investigator and two officers reporting to him. The public works director is also the operator in charge. The director manages parks, sewer, streets, water and trash.
Advisory committees, comprised of two members of the council, cover finance, parks, personnel, planning and zoning, police and public safety, streets and water and sewer. The planning and zoning commission also includes Lucien Pevec, Phillip Nichols and Constantine Hirschfeld.
Budgeted salaries include $75,000 for the town manager who will be hired in 2014; $56,250 for the town clerk; $35,360 for the deputy town clerk who receives a $1,040 increase; $52,520 for the finance officer who receives a $4,784 increase; $31,930 for the building official, code enforcement and public works maintenance; $78,148 for the police chief which is a $20,463 decrease from 2013; $41,838 for the sergeant; $38,401 for the investigator; $35,131 for each of the two police officers; $66,116 for the public works director and ORC; and depending on years of service public works maintenance crew members will make between $20,800 to $35,000 with another $10,400 for an open public works position; the municipal judge is paid $2,646; and the trustees $9,600. With wages and benefits, the town's personnel budget is $1,022,400.
With benefits, the new Paonia town manager will make $99,628. The police chief with benefits and salary from the water and sewer fund will make $111,960.
Benefits for the full time town staff after successful completion of a six-month probation include paid time off; health insurance with dental and vision care; $10,000 life insurance; money purchase plan; for public works employees a $200 clothing allowance and $100 boot allowance; for public safety employees a $25 a month cell phone allowance; and year-end bonuses as recommended by department heads and approved by the board of trustees.
The town received a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant to pay for the hiring and salary of the new town manager. The grant will pay 75 percent for the town manager the first year, 50 percent in year two and 25 percent in year three.
The staff did not receive a cost of living increase. The only changes in salary was pre-approved by the personnel committee. There was a two percent increase in the health insurance premium, a 23 percent increase in workman's compensation and a 23 percent increase in premiums for insurance and bonds.
Legal fees for 2014 are budgeted for $28,352, a 40 percent decrease from $46,733 in 2013. The Town of Paonia has hired David Marek to be the town attorney. He replaces Jim Briscoe who retired in December.
Utility expenditures for 2014 are budgeted for $97,675, a six percent increase from 2013's $94,263.
Data processing costs for all departments will be $23,473, a 21 percent decrease from 2013.
Insurance costs for all departments will increase 34 percent in 2014 to $45,971.
Debt service expenditures for water will be $23,475 and $102,000 for sewer.
The mill levy will be 8.3222. Paonia voters approved eliminating TABOR restrictions resulting in an 11 percent increase from property tax revenues for 2014.
Sales tax declined one percent from 2012 to 2013. Sales tax in 2014 is expected to return to 2011 levels.
The budget states that other tax revenue will increase by eight percent in 2014, and that the highway user tax is expected to increase by 11 percent in 2014. Severance tax and mineral leasing revenues decreased by 13 percent in 2013. Both are anticipated to remain flat in 2014 at $88,300. Road and bridge revenue increased 27 percent in 2013 and is expected to increase 11 percent in 2014.
The town receives rent and royalties from park fees, property rental and school rental income. Total revenues budgeted for 2014 in the General Fund is $774,672. Last year's estimated revenue was $954,164.
Administrative expenditures are budgeted for $229,722.
In 2013, the council approved $1,000 for the Mountain Harvest Festival. There is no funding available for 2014.
Dave Knutson received $3,000 in 2013 for human resource consulting, and is scheduled to receive $1,500 for six months in 2014.
The town paid $3,199 in dues and subscriptions in 2013 and budgeted just $1,160 for 2014. For this coming year, the town will pay $981 to the Colorado Municipal League, $140 to Colorado Municipal Clerks Association, $39 the Delta County Independent and nothing to Region 10, Colorado Tree Coalition, Delta County Economic Development, Progressive Business-Compliance and Arbor Day Foundation.
The town plans to pay $13,698 for data processing in 2014 which is an increase from 2013's $11,077; $2,525 for building inspector costs in 2014, down from $3,000 in 2013; $7,690 for human services in 2014, down significantly from 2013 and $12,740.
It is expected police and public safety expenditures for 2014 will be $396,175. Expenditures for streets are expected to be $131,706. Parks expenditures are expected to be $68,916 and include a $40,000 park maintenance contract for the year. That's a $4,000 increase over 2013.
For the Water Fund, revenues are expected to total $606,912 in 2014 up from 2013's $539,411. Water charges are budgeted at $546,857 for 2014, water taps $18,000 and $34,000 in standby tap fees.
Expenditures for the Water Fund in 2014 are expected to be $895,506 up from 2013's expenses totaling $402,101.
Budget notes indicate that $500,000 will be transferred into the Capital Improvement Fund. This is for the required matching funds for the two million gallon water project. To cover spring repairs in 2014, $15,000 will be transferred to the Capital Improvement Fund.
The Sanitation Fund for 2014 is expecting revenues of $512,500 and expenses of $356,863.
The Conservation Trust Fund is budgeted at $2,800 for 2014 with revenue of $7,750 and expenditures of $5,000.
The Capital Improvement Fund is expecting $155,000 from sales tax in 2014, $4,900,000 in grants for the two million gallon water project whose total cost is projected at $5,400,000. DOLA has awarded $1 million grant to the town for the water project with $847,920 from the Water Power Authority and $75,000 from the Gunnison Basin Round Table. The Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado River District also have grants which are expected to be awarded to the town. The Town of Paonia has a Water Power Authority loan of $4,246,820 at low interest.
Capital expenditures for 2014 include $5,000 for the master plan and land development regulations and $1,000 for computers; for public safety $2,400 for bullet proof vests, $3,207 for body cameras and $15,180 in vehicle lease payments; streets have $84,539 for Third Street matching funds for the Third Street Grand to the Railroad Tracks Project; parks has $4,400 for improvements to the ball fields; water has $15,000 for spring repairs, $25,000 for filter bags and meters and $5,400,000 for the two million gallon water project; sewer has $20,000 for lining and line replacement; trash will have $10,000 for a truck lease payment if the trash operation will be continued by the town; the town pays $22,222 for its share of the Paonia Airport; and there is $16,000 for skid steer lease payment. Total capital expenditures for 2014 are budgeted for $5,623,948.blog comments powered by Disqus