Council Prepares to Take Last Vote on Budget

Monroe County Council members are getting ready for the last step in finalizing the 2011 county budget.

Council President Geoff McKim

Photo: Regan McCarthy

Council President Geoff McKim says some changes could later for the salary ordinance.

Monroe County Council members are getting ready for the last step in finalizing the 2011 county budget. Council members introduced the final ordinances into the record with a first reading Monday and will officially pass those Tuesday at 5 p.m. The legislation includes approval of the Perry Clear Creek Fire Station’s budget, The Monroe County Solid Waste District’s budget, and ordinance approving the tax rate and salary ordinance for 2011. Council President Geoff McKim said there are a few things he’d like to change in the salary ordinance.

“The elected officials is one of them,” McKim said. “And there was the compensation for correctional officers where correctional officers had been given half of the mid-year bump after the first year, and that’s not something we do with the rest of county government.”

State law requires the council to pass a salary ordinance at the same time it passes its budget—any potential tweaks to the salary ordinance, McKim said, can be made later as long as the ordinance is amended by December 31.

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