The Harrodsburg City Commission held off on a proposed $16.2 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year until they had eliminated a pay increase for the city commission and mayor.
At the Harrodsburg board of commissioners regular meeting on Monday, June 13, the commission tabled giving first readings to ordinance 2022-09, which set the salary for the mayor and the commissioners, and ordinance 2022-10, which sets the budget for the 2023 fiscal year. Mayor Billy Whitenack asked to strike out the proposed pay increase.
“We’re going to opt out of it,” Whitenack said. “None of us want a pay increase, especially with the budget the way it is.”
Because they opted out, they will have to change the budget, which included the salary increase. The city commission will have to give the revised budget a first reading at their next regular meeting and hold a special-called meeting to pass the budget before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
Even without the pay increase, the proposed $16.2 million budget will not change a lot. It includes $7.9 million for the general fund; $7.3 million for the water and sewer operating fund; $40,150 for the cemetery fund; $601,050 for the tourism development fund, which comes from the restaurant tax; $165,070 for the municipal aid fund; and $240,300 for the ABC fund, which comes from taxes on alcohol.
The commission gave first readings to ordinances 2022-07 and 2022-08, which requires sewer and water rates to be adjusted based on the consumer price index.