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April 30, 2013

Jeffersonville city council outlines cuts

Vote on budget reductions expected at the next council meeting



“[Former City Controller Monica Harmon] for some reason, I really don’t know why, moved all of the employees to sanitation, which has caused a big problem to our sanitation budget,” Miller said. “By moving those employees back to motor vehicle ... it will also take the pressure off that budget.”

The 16 employees that were included in the sanitation department’s budget work in the city’s motor vehicle department.

“I don’t think it’ll be a problem, they have plenty of money in motor vehicle,” Miller said.

With the cuts from the two city departments, the city council looked to addressing a remainder of $2.47 million to cut out of the general fund. 

Deering explained that she and Corporation Attorney Les Merkley, in meetings with the department heads, were able to agree to another $1.79 million in cuts. 

The remainder of $679,220 was the amount the council was looking to address Monday.

City Council agreed to across-the-board cuts for performance-based pay, which allows department heads to give their employees raises in a given year. As the council continued to comb through the city’s general fund budget, they went through each department’s line item budget to identify additional reductions.

Among some of the cuts made were for travel and training to several departments, including the Jeffersonville Police Department and the Jeffersonville Fire Department. The council cut its own budget by reducing unemployment and by cutting its capital outlays line item, which the council had set aside for paving and sidewalk construction.

The council agreed to pay those costs out of the city’s Economic Development Income Tax fund.

Minimal cuts were also made to supplies for several departments.

No official action was taken at Monday’s meeting on the cuts proposed. The council directed Deering to verify the reductions outlined and bring it back to their next meeting for a vote.

The city council’s next scheduled meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Jeffersonville City Hall.

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