DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The Denham Springs City Council has adopted a standstill budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Mayor Jimmy Durbin says the $10.9 million general fund budget assumes stable revenue, including a projected $7.1 million in sales tax collections.
Durbin tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1q3levr ) the city does not anticipate giving employees a cost-of-living raise during the 2014-15 fiscal year. The last such raise was Jan. 1.
The city also does not anticipate adding new personnel, although several departments may need additional workers, the mayor said.
Health insurance premiums will take a bigger bite of the budget, increasing by about $80, or 16.3 percent, for each participating employee. City officials expect more employees to participate due to the Affordable Care Act, Durbin said.
The council also agreed Tuesday to roll forward and set for public hearing on July 28 the proposed property tax millage rate for 2014.
The city’s current rate of 3.604 mills brought in $296,973 in 2013 and, without a roll-forward, would bring in an estimated $306,775 in 2014 due to increased property values, city attorney Paeton Burkett said.
Rolling forward to the maximum of 3.725 mills would bring in $317,075, Burkett said.
Durbin said that $20,000 increase is no small sum for a growing city.
He said property owners would pay an average increase of about $1.75 annually if the rate is rolled forward.
“From my point of view, I support a roll forward, not leaving it as is,” Durbin said.
Councilman John Wascom was the lone vote against rolling forward the millage rate.
Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com
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