The Herald Bulletin

December 10, 2013

Frankton council approves raises, mulls utility hike

By Zach Osowski The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — FRANKTON — Town employees got a little Christmas present Monday when the Frankton Town Council unanimously approved $1,000 pay increases.

Clerk/Treasurer Jack Brown said town employees haven’t received a raise since 2009 and the council felt it was time to reward them. Brown said there was no criticism or objection raised as the ordinance went through the approval process and all three council members voted in favor.

The extra grand will be spread out over the course of the 2014 year and paid through the town’s general fund. Brown said the town has 12 employees.

Part of the funding for the extra salary could come from an increase the council is proposing for the town’s utilities.

An increase in electric and water bills could be coming for next year if an ordinance passes the council. The council heard the ordinance for the first time Monday night and will be voting on it next month.

The amounts for each resident will vary depending on how much utilities a household uses, but Brown said for the first 3,000 gallons, the minimum, the price will go up $1.30 a month. For electric, the first 1,500 kilowatts, also the minimum, will see a jump of $2.10 per month.

Brown said the rates have not been raised since 2006 and the equipment has become more expensive for Frankton.

“It’s normally recommended that towns evaluate every two years and adjust their rates accordingly,” Brown said. “We needed to make some updates.”

Like the pay raise, Brown said there was not much public comment on the rate hike other than one woman wondering what her bill would be under the new ordinance.

Although the council will not vote on the ordinance until next month, Brown said all the members are on board with the decision.

Councilman Howard Sowers is one of those who plans on voting for the increase. He said it was a relatively marginal increase that everyone has been in favor of for the most part.

“The cost of supplies has gone up tremendously over the last few years,” Sowers said. “We’re just trying to operate at even.”

Payments for the town utilities go directly to the town and an increased rate could help the town pay for the added employee salary.

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New rate u For the first 3,000 gallons, an increase of $1.30 a month. u For the first 1,500 kilowatts, an increase of $2.10 a month. This is the first rate increase since 2006