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lt e r - May 30, 2012 VouR COM/HUNITV Page 9 m Raises From page 8 timart opposed that move last year, citing concerns about tightening budgets. If the council and Budget Com- mittee are attempting to send a mes- sage to the constituency, he said, he doesn't think the freeze helps the community, especially if it's facing the potential loss of a manager. "In times of crisis, I think an agency is best serviced with stability in management," Fentiman said. Mahler said the amount in question is "minute in comparison to a huge budget." but he said he thought the matter needed to be dis- cussed because it. along with rising insurance costs, is a controllable cost and a red flag. "1 didn't join the City Council for my stipend," Mahler said. "Give me a break. I'm willing to give it up. I'm ready to throw them out too. "'We only have so much money in this community, and I'm con- cerned that we're going to have an- other shortfall if we don't do some- thing. We need to be good stewards of our money. That's all there is to it." The employees are worthy of the raises, he said. but the question is whether it is the right time to give them raises. As a business owner. Hall said he pays employees who. in turn. pay taxes and help pay for city employ- ees and their raises. "'I'm not able to give my em- ployees wage increases," he said. "As Dave Halley says, the system is not right." But even more important, he said. is the insurance costs. The city needs to regroup and restructure those benefts when contract nego- tiations begin again. He noted that, while the size of the salaries shocked him at first. they are in line with other cities. Public Works Director Mike Adams agreed that a line may need to be drawn somewhere, but at the same time. the raises were approved by council last year and the budget is balanced, including the raises. He suggested looking at it in the future. setting up new guidelines if neces- sary. Rodgers said the steps were in place last year. and they represent- ed a commitment, even if it wasn't an official contract, The size of the raise would amount to little more than a statement, but he said the council ought to look at salaries and insurance in the future. "I didn't get a step increase last year." Martin told the council. "If that's what it takes to maintain the integrity of the departments, don't give me one this year" "Maybe you all deserve a 10-percent raise. I don't know." said Budget Committee member Dave Trask. "We need to start drawing the line somewhere." In other business, the council: Asked Martin to look into charging interest to the city of Leba- non, which sent a letter dated May 21 stating it would pay half of the training costs for two Sweet Home officers it hired al the end of 2011 on July 15 and the second half on Dec. 15. The council had agreed to a re- quest by Lebanon in the spring to al- low Lebanon to pay half the bill this fiscal year. with a May 11 deadline, and the second half next fiscal year, by Aug. 1. The fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. "As we have previously ex- plained, our current budget is not in a position of paying such costs dur- ing this fiscal year," said Assistant City Manager Ginger Allen in the May 21 letter. The city of Sweet Home has billed the city of Lebanon for ap- proximately $61,000 under an Or- egon law that allows jurisdictions to recover training costs for police officers hired from another agency within the first three years of em- ployment. "Can we charge interest?" Fen- timan asked. "As a business, if somebody doesn't pay their bill at the end of the month, we charge them," Mahler said. 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