Several town officials are scheduled to receive a pay raise in 2009, according to the town of Florida’s preliminary budget, headed to a public hearing this month.
Town Board member Ronald Phillips said the current draft, however, is expected to change to reflect a decrease in fuel prices.
In its current form, the 2009 town budget proposal calls for $1.99 million in spending. This represents an increase of $318,362, or 18 percent over the 2008 budget.
The highway fund, currently $859,377, would increase to roughly $1.06 million, according to the budget proposal. Phillips said the highway budget is likely to change in a newer draft of the budget being developed.
All officials would get a pay raise under the draft spending plan. Phillips said the Town Board’s philosophy is to use salary increases to retain good employees familiar with the town’s operations.
“We’ve got a good crew,” Phillips said.
Part-timers for the most part would get a 3 percent raise and full-timers would see a 4 percent raise, Phillips said.
Phillips said the Town Board is contemplating longevity pay for town employees as well, but no decisions had been made as of Friday.
The town supervisor post would get a 3 percent salary increase, bringing the pay to $10,185.
The town justice salary line in the budget, which accounts for two justices, would increase by just over 5 percent up to $25,770.
Town Board members would get a pay increase as well, bringing the current annual salary of $1,800 up to $2,060.
The budget line for assessors’ pay, covering three assessors, would increase by just over $4,000 up to $17,000, and the pay for the town attorney would increase $4,444, bringing the salary up to $11,000.
The town zoning officer would see a $2,016 pay hike, with a 2009 salary of $5,000, according to the budget proposal.
The pay increases would all come from the general fund. Salary-related expenses, such as insurance, would rise $43,101, or 7.38 percent.
Florida, like the towns of Charleston and Amsterdam, does not collect a town tax. Florida contains a large section of the state Thruway and collects a lot of revenue from traffic fines on the highway. Other major sources of funding include sales and mortgage tax revenues.
Phillips cautioned that the draft budget in its current form will likely change before the public hearing. He said he expected the final draft to be available at the public hearing.
The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 214 Fort Hunter Road.