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Council approves cost-of-living raise for city employees & first reading of budget

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Following a one-hour work session on next year’s annual budget, the Morgantown City Council met in a special called session Thursday night at the Eva Hawes Ag Expo and Community Center.
 
The Council amended the current fiscal year budget to increase spending authority in two areas.  The street fund was increased from $390,000 to $405,000, and industrial development was increased from $20,000 to $25,000.
 
The Council approved the 1st reading of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 annual budget by a unanimous roll call vote.  During the discussion, council member Terrell House moved to give city employees a 2% cost of living increase, the same proposal that failed in the May 24 special called meeting.  Council member Russell Givens seconded the motion, and the cost of living increase was approved.
 
The Council formally approved the change in the Personnel Policy Manual proposed in the May 24 special called meeting to require that city employees use their spouse’s health insurance as primary when the spouse is covered at his/her place of employment.

Story by Don Thomason, Beech Tree News

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