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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Crossville city council approves 2nd reading of budget that includes unexpected raise.

Crossville city council approved the second reading of the 2017-18 budget under the consent agenda during the regular June Council meeting. No comments were made during a public hearing on the budget held at 5:30 PM.

The budget stands at $1,934,451 in the red.  Small routine changes and adjustments could still be made pending the third and final reading tentatively set for Thursday evening June 29 during a planned called meeting. One of the small changes that was discussed during the audit committee meeting earlier Tuesday evening was the fact that the council will receive a raise to their monthly salary of about $20 a month. The raise was unexpected and council did not know about it until city finance director Fred Houston advised them of the change.
Crossville city manager Greg Wood and council members
J.H. Graham, Danny Wyatt, Mayor James Mayberry,
Pamala Harris and Scot Shanks 

The city council salary is matched to the monthly salary of the Cumberland County Commission who will receive the same raise. The county commissioner's salary is based on a percentage of the salary of the Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey, who also received a raise this year. Mayor Carey's salary is set by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The new monthly salaries will be $393.45 per month up from $374.71 and go into effect on July 1, 2017. The numbers were provided to finance director Houston by county finance director Nathan Brock.

Also approved was the tax rate for the city and while the certified tax rate due to the reappraisal has not been received by the city yet, there will be no increase and the certified rate from the Tennessee Comptroller's office will be the rate set. It is expected that the new rate will be received before the final reading on June 29.

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