Target: Zero percent adjustment

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Holding the line > Council rejects staff’s recommendation of 3 percent increase

By Arin McKenna

At last week’s meeting, the Los Alamos County Council tackled budget guidance for fiscal year 2017. After several different motions, they voted 5–2 to direct staff to develop a budget with a zero percent increase over the FY2016 budget and to provide options for adjustments up to a 3 percent increase.
Staff’s original recommendation was to follow the biannual budget adopted during last year’s budget hearings, which includes a 3-percent increase in FY2017.
County Manager Harry Burgess explained the reasons for the recommendation – the main one being the need for inflationary adjustments.
The proposed budget also included room for salary increases. Recommendations for those would have been based on the results of a salary survey currently underway. County code requires that a salary survey be conducted every four years.
“Every time we conduct a salary survey, we tend to come up against the issue of what is recommended versus the available funds,” Burgess said.

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