The proposed 2014 Batesville budget stands at $9.33 million, just $23,174 higher than the advertised total a year ago.
The budget was approved by the city council on its first reading at a Aug. 19 public hearing with no citizens besides council members in attendance. After the Ripley County Council reviews it in September, it is expected to be adopted Oct. 14.
A lot could happen to numbers after that. “Things are uncertain right now,” clerk-treasurer Ron Weigel said. For instance, Ripley County assessed values are certified, but Franklin County values are not, so he had to guess at a maximum tax levy amount.
After the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance sends out a 1782 notification in January or February, cuts may have to be made, he explained.
One area of interest is the three city employees Mayor Rick Fledderman would like to add as duties are shifted.
Fledderman said the mayor’s assistant position is being phased out. An executive assistant who would help with economic development is budgeted at a maximum of $60,000, funded from the Economic Development Income Tax Fund. The assistant would assist the mayor and building department, which is moving to the first floor, and have some lesser duties within the police department.
Tim Macyauski was appointed director of operations for the street and building departments by the mayor 11 months ago, essentially filling two jobs. Now the mayor is recommending that a full-time assistant building commissioner be hired for at most $42,000. Code enforcement would be one duty and if this worker becomes a reality, current secretarial support would disappear.
A community development coordinator position, formerly held by Vicki Kellerman and Kathleen Jeffers, remains open, the mayor noted. “I would prefer to wait and make sure we got the right person. That person will do some of the mayoral assistant duties.”