Following the reading of the treasurer’s report at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Grayville city council, Finance Commissioner David Jordan spoke up about the Cash Available for the city. “We only have $58,614 in our cash available fund.”  

Jordan was concerned about this because it seems that the city won’t be seeing any replenishment in that fund for several months.

“Tax bills, evidently, are going to be very late this year, so it will probably be November, December, maybe even January, before we get some of our tax money,” said Jordan.

However, Jordan wasn’t solely worried about the the tax payments being late. 

“We haven’t even looked at how much sales revenue is going to be down. I know it’s going to be down a ton with the change in the gas tax and losing Borowiak’s.”

Jordan is focused on keeping the city on track and had this message for the council.

“All I’m emphasizing is that we better tighten our belt and sit tight, because we’re not going to have a lot of cash available for meeting unexpected expenses.”

Shortly after Commissioner Jordan’s comments about the state of the city’s cash available for operations, chief of police Roy Mann was invited to address the council. He requested an increase in pay for his department’s part time employees.

“Considering that we have not raised part-timer pay for quite some time—it’s been at least four years— I think you all should consider raising that.”

Currently, the department’s part-timers are getting paid $15.75, and Chief Mann presented his reasoning for asking for the pay increase.

“We’ve got some really good part time help. I’ll be honest guys: it’s getting hard enough to find full-timers. It’s harder to find part-time employees. With the ones we have, I think it’s in the best interest of the department and the city to do whatever we can to keep them interested in working, taking hours.”

Chief Mann recommended to the council that they authorize a pay increase of a dollar for the part-timers. He also reiterated the department’s need to retain the part-timers.

“These people are an asset to the city, especially with a three-man department that can’t keep up with the service it’s got.”

The finance commissioner was the first to respond to the chief’s request.

“I’ll make my usual speech here. The timing is all wrong; this should have been grouped in with the budgets back in March and during negotiations. As I just said, we’re already starting to feel some pretty tight squeezing on our money available for operations.”

Commissioner Jordan was quick, however, to clarify his statement.

“I’m not saying they don’t deserve it. I’m not questioning that at all. I’m simply questioning the timing again.”

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