Smith requested the council meet in a a workshop to go over the budget again and cut out the money that the city did not receive this year as a result of the tax caps.
The budget is expected to be approved on its second and third readings at the council’s next meeting on Oct. 21. The budgets are due to the state by Nov. 1.
The last step was also taken to address changes in pay for 11 city employees.
While the change will increase the employees’ pay, Jeffersonville Human Resources Director Kim Calabro said the changes are not considered raises.
She said it is the final piece of a series of recommendations that resulted from a wage study undertaken by the city. ParkLand HR Services LLC presented a series of recommendations to Jeffersonville’s pay scale and salary ordinance, which was compared to other cities of similar size and Indiana and Bureau of Labor of Statistics figures.
Among the recommendations was to shrink the salary ordinance from 16 to 10 pay grades. When the changes were made a new hire, under the ordinance passed in May, could be making more than a person who has been working for the city for several years.
The policy outlined employee salaries should take into account service, length of time and performance. As a result the recommendation was made to increase the employees’ pay.
“If we’re not going to abide by the policy and pay for performance, why have a policy?” Calabro asked rhetorically. “It kind of violates the whole intent of what we were trying to achieve five years ago when we began this process.”
Out of the 11 employees that had their pay rates changed, the largest adjustment was an increase of $4.14, with most adjustments being $2 or less. The total combined changed from the city and the wastewater department was $36,805.
The council agreed to make the changes for equity pay effective Nov. 1 and the changes will not be retroactive.