Kennesaw Employees May See Pay Raises
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 includes a 2 percent pay increase for city employees.
City of Kennesaw employees are slated to see a salary increase for the next fiscal year.
A proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 presented to the city council at a work session Monday night totals 19.13 million, up $1.19 million from fiscal year 2012, which City Manager Steve Kennedy said is due to increased revenues from development fees from the new student housing complex at Kennesaw State University and a new development on Main Street.
"We have the benefit of a pretty good bit of development fees that have come in and will come in," Kennedy said.
In addition to an increase of $700,000 in revenues from permit fees, the city also received $120,000 more in impact fees.
Kennedy said the budget doesn't include furloughs, layoffs or a millage increase but does include a 2 percent salary increase for employees, something he said hasn't been possible for the last four years.
"I'm very satisfied," Kennedy said. "We're just glad we were able to present a budget with no layoffs, furloughs or millage increase. To do all of that, I'm very pleased."
Besides salaries, the city's major expense is employee health insurance, which increased.
The budget also includes the addition of a full-time gardener for Smith-Gilbert Gardens, a full-time maintenance employees; and two police officers, breaking a hiring freeze. Police Chief Bill Westenberger said his department has seen an 11 percent increase in calls.
"We've consistently experienced this over the last three years," Westenberger said.
The city council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at its meeting on Sept. 4 and will vote to adopt it on Sept. 17. The city's fiscal year runs from October to September.