The Paris City Council will get a look at the proposed 2018 city budget when it gathers Monday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.
The meeting is open to the public.
Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said last week the 2018 budget will be very similar to the 2017 budget.
“It’s going to be close to the $10 million budget we’ve got this year,” he said. “I’m sure there will be very little left in unappropriated funds. I’ll spend the entire amount.”
Rogers said the budget will reflect a decision made by the City Council’s Personnel Committee when it comes to pay increases.
“Employees will get a bonus based on years of service,” Rogers said. “It will be $500 for those with less than five years, $750 for those with five to 14 years and $1,000 for those with 15 or more years. Raises will be done based on evaulations. I love that idea. That’s what I have always wanted to do.”
Rogers said the budget will also include $150,000 for street overlay, sidewalk and drainage projects.
“I’ve been told there’s a good chance we’ll get a grant to pay for some of that,” Rogers said.
The budget will also include money for landscaping at Wood Street Park and $20,000 for downtown revitalization. Rogers also said he wants to see money in the budget to purchase a new trash truck and new police cars.
“We have more needs than we have money,” he said. “That’s why I’m planning on spending nearly everything.”
Rogers said once the budget is presented, he will consider holding special meetings to discuss it and, hopefully, pass it in December.
Other items on the agenda include consideration of condemnation on several structures that don’t meet city code requirements, approval of year-end bonuses for city employees, consideration of a policy on water leaks and committee reports.