BG gives workers lump sum payments PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:30
All City of Bowling Green employees were granted a one-time, 1-percent lump sum payment by city council Monday night.
Finance Committee Chairperson Bob McOmber reminded council that the 2013 budget it approved last fall contained a 1-percent raise for all city employees. "This is more prudent because it is a one-time payment and does not affect the salary base into the future," McOmber said.
He explained the city's finances are better than projected, with the help of a larger than anticipated estate tax payment and a refund from the state workers compensation fund.
City Finance Director Brian Bushong said after the meeting the one-time payment will cost the city $155,000.
Bushong said the city received a $220,000 check from the workers comp fund and a $396,000 state estate tax check. The estate tax check is likely the last the city will receive because the state legislature ended the tax at the end of 2012. Bushong said the city knew it would likely receive some estate tax but only budgeted $50,000.
Although the legislation council approved indicates the adjustment if for non-bargaining full-time and part-time employees, members of the city's five unions also get the raises because of "me too clauses" in their contracts.
Council also:
• Agreed to fill an unexpired term on the city's Human Relations Commission by approving the appointment of Eric Radabaugh.
• Heard Public Lands and Buildings Committee Chairperson Bruce Jeffers call for a committee meeting Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. He said the committee will discuss future cemetery plans with Oak Grove Cemetery nearing capacity, and briefly discuss the status of a new city building, "even though we are no where near action." He said this would not be a hearing but a discussion among committee members.
• Learned the Parks and Recreation is adding a half-pipe feature to the skatepark at City Park.

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