Mayor Grace has rolled out a new plan for department organization and employee assignments, which was first discussed at the last Finance Committee meeting. It has since been revised several times and discussed at last week's department head meeting. It will again be discussed in public at the Finance Committee meeting Monday night. As you can see from the "Upcoming Events" section of the web page, Finance meets immediately following the Community Development Committee, which starts at 6 p.m. Currrent projections are that the Finance meeting will start between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. If you are interested in hearing about potential City department reorganization or have thoughts, suggestions, ideas or concerns to offer, feel free to attend the Finance Committee meeting Monday night.
Union contracts are all still open as well, with no real progress being made in negotiations at this point in time. As you probably recall, the contracts were extended for one year when they expired in June 2009 and expired in June 2010. Hot topics from the public's point of view in regard to these contracts include the pay rates, benefits and longevity pay, which has provided employees with a 1% pay raise each year for all employees who have worked for the City 20 years or less. Longevity has been eliminated for elected officials only, except that those officials currently in office can maintain their longevity benefit. The Mayor, Law Director and Auditor received their pay increases this year; City Council has not taken a pay increase for the last three years and has no increases scheduled, although pay raises for elected officials will probably be discussed prior to next November's elections.
This is a challenging time for the administration as it starts to develop ideas and plans for the creation of the 2011 budget for its presentation, consideration and approval by City Council.