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Police contract still undecided as budget talks continue
Floresville Finance Director Fonda Kellner (second from left), Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok, Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo, and Mayor Daniel Tejada listen July 10 as interim Comptroller Tom Smith explains various aspects of the city’s finances during a budget workshop.
Wilson County News July 18, 2012 3,144 views 4 comments
FLORESVILLE -- Members of the Floresville Police Officers Association continue to wait for the Floresville City Council to ratify a three-year collective bargaining agreement. The contract, for which a draft was written in May after meetings between the two sides, was a hot topic of conversation during the council’s July 10 budget workshop.
The city’s voters approved collective bargaining for the association back in 2008, the same year its first agreement was ratified. That agreement expires Sept. 30, which is why a new one must be approved.
The agreement proposed by the association calls for an additional $158,371.20 in total salary expenditures over its three-year term --including an increase of $92,289.60 in the first year. Patrolmen currently in their first year of employment, who currently earn $13 per hour, would see their pay rate increased to $15 during the first year. By 2014-15, those same officers would earn $17 per hour if they remain employed as patrolmen with the department.
Floresville’s interim Comptroller Tom Smith said the council also should consider expenditures for the officers’ retirement and Social Security benefits, which could add up to 20 percent to their payroll expenses.
Lt. Chad Clark of the Floresville Police Department, who serves as the association’s president, said the proposal would help bring the pay for Floresville’s officers in line with the salaries for other area departments. This would aid in retention, he said.
“We have to attract and retain the best officers, but it’s up to the council to figure out how we’re going to pay them,” said Mayor Daniel Tejada.
Some solutions discussed included dipping into surpluses derived from unused unemployment funds and refuse revenue. Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo asked about how much the city would have to increase its property tax rate, which has stood at 32.27 cents per $100 of assessed property value for more than a decade.
Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok said that a 2-cent rate increase would yield an estimated $54,000 in additional revenue, while 3 cents would amount to an estimated $81,000. But without certified values from the Wilson County Appraisal District -- which are set to be available before month’s end -- the city cannot yet calculate its effective tax rate and rollback tax rate figures used to make such determinations.
The council also spent time discussing funds devoted to the city’s capital projects, streets-maintenance tax, and the recreational utility fee. Smith indicated that per recommendations from the city’s fiscal year 2011 financial audit, these funds have been segregated from the general fund. Both the general fund and the debt service fund are set for discussion at a future workshop session.
Per the city charter, a draft budget must be submitted to the council by July 31.
Oh , sorry my mistake... You now want to borrow $ 2,100,000.00 for the boondoggle of the sports complex based on the FEDC meeting you attended last night. I can see why you are no longer at Frost Bank. They couldn't afford ... More ›
Oh , sorry my mistake... You now want to borrow $ 2,100,000.00 for the boondoggle of the sports complex based on the FEDC meeting you attended last night. I can see why you are no longer at Frost Bank. They couldn't afford to have you working there !!!!
Yea Castillo , let's raise property taxes to pay for public employee pensions and benefits. Yet you want to borrow $1,800,000.00 to build a sports complex !!!. How do you balance YOUR checkbook ? Stockton ,California here we come.