weather icon Clear

Staff recommends reinstating 10 city jobs

Staff is recommending 10 jobs be reinstated this next fiscal year because of the city’s improved financial outlook.

These open city positions were part of a hiring freeze in 2020 due to decreased revenues caused by the pandemic.

“The city revenues for fiscal year 2022 are expected to be nearly back to normal,” said Finance Director Diane Pelletier. “These positions were frozen to assure the city made it through the worst of the pandemic.”

The positions to be reinstated are: finance operations coordinator, police department secretary, electric engineer, water and sewer maintenance worker, fire captain, fire analyst, streets maintenance worker, landscape maintenance worker, public works technician inspector, and public works design and construction coordinator.

Pelletier and her staff are including them in the city’s budget for fiscal year 2022.

The proposed budget has an approximately $40.4 million general fund that includes $5.1 million in transfers to the risk management, vehicle equipment replacement, extraordinary maintenance, special projects in the capital improvement plan, compensated absences and special projects emergency reserve funds.

A special meeting for City Council to give input on the budget was scheduled for Feb. 10, but it was not completed by the Boulder City Review’s deadline.

The tentative budget is expected to be approved by council and sent to the department of taxation by April 15. A final one must be approved by May 31.

In January, Pelletier presented the city’s five-year financial plan to council and said revenues will be better than what they expected at the start of the pandemic.

“We budgeted 40 percent less revenues due to COVID; in reality, revenues are only 9 percent less. … Overall, we are in much better shape than what we thought we might be in,” said Pelletier.

According to the plan, general fund revenues for fiscal year 2022 are expected to be about $11 million, which is almost $3 million more than the previous year.

The More Cops and crime prevention funds will be 12 percent lower rather than the expected 40 percent, property tax revenue is expected to be 7 percent higher than what the city received in 2020 and all operating and emergency reserves are fully funded. The consolidated tax and infrastructure tax are expected to be much less than in previous years.

The city’s energy lease portfolio also is not expected to take a financial hit.

Reinstated Positions by Boulder City Review on Scribd

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Fall cleaning good for the mind, home

Now that temperatures have dropped and we begin pulling out a sweater or two, it’s time to tackle spring cleaning in the fall. If you’ve never tried it, don’t despair; it’s good for the mind and your overall health, and will help you ease into the holiday season — well, easier.

Historical funds OK’d for tavern despite alterations to site

A local builder’s application for almost $100,000 in historic preservation grant funds was approved despite previously being denied and opposed by a current city leader.

City to update golf cart fleet

Boulder Creek Golf Club is getting a fleet of golf carts for about $200,000 less than originally budgeted thanks to a new five-year lease-purchase agreement.

9/11 Memory: Firefighters’ sacrifices unite nation

Sept. 11, 2001, has had a profound impact on first responders from around the country and I believe it affects each person uniquely. For me it was initially anger toward the people that had done this and a deep sadness for the huge loss of life that would surely come from the attack.

Principals unsure how vaccine mandate will affect staff

Local principals are unsure how the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all school district employees will affect them and their schools.

Event to recall events of 9/11, honor first responders

Saturday the brave souls who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago will be remembered during a special event in Bicentennial Park.

Grant to fund purchase of breathing gear

Boulder City Fire Department has received more help in serving the community through a grant from the federal government.