(Red Oak) The Red Oak City Council discussed the 2012-2013 proposed budget at their meeting on Tuesday night.
The Red Oak City council approved $25,000 into the park budget for YMCA Performed Services. City Administrator Brad Wright says that’s down significantly from last year’s allotted funds to the YMCA.
"The contribution has changed quite a bit. Two years ago the city had given $6,000 to the Y. Last year the Y came to us and asked for additional funding. The city coucil agreed last year to give $56,000 to the Y and then this year that was brought back to $25,000.”
The Council also approved funding to the Police Department to add an additional police officer to the force.
"At one point in the past the police department had had as many as 13 officers. We are still down from where they have been in the past. But this will get them closer to being able to some of the things they feel they need to be able to do. So the council did approve one additional officer from where we've been past few years here anyway.”
In addition, a 5% pay increase was approved for the billing clerk and accounts payable clerk at city hall. Wright says those positions were underpaid by comparison to other communities. The rest of the non-union employees will receive a 3% raise. Fire Union employees will receive a 3.5% raise and police union employees will receive a 3% raise.