Steamboat City Council to continue city manager review, consider adopting budget on Tuesday |

Steamboat City Council to continue city manager review, consider adopting budget on Tuesday

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The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 5 p.m. in Citizens Hall on 10th Street. Public comment is accepted on all agenda items at the time they are presented. Public comment on items not on the agenda is accepted at 7 p.m. or at the end of the meeting, whichever comes first. View this week's full agenda here.

— Speak now, or forever hold your peace on the city’s 2015 budget.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night will consider the second and final reading of the budget that would make significant changes to the city’s free winter bus service, add more manpower to the city’s personnel ranks and grant city employees $200,000 worth of pay raises.

A summary of the biggest capital projects in the budget, including the planning for a new police station and the reconstruction of Central Park Drive, can be found here.

All of the big changes to the winter bus service are outlined here, and other budget highlights can be read about here.

Tuesday evening will be the last chance for community members to weigh in on the budget proposal that hasn’t been the subject of much public comment thus far.

The budget hasn’t been an easy one for City Council to agree on as members debated the issue of employee pay.

Divided over the issue, a slim majority of the council voted to hold off on $264,000 worth of pay raises until the city has a comprehensive study of its pay structure completed by the Mountain States Employers Council.

Some members questioned the sustainability and need for the raises, while others said they were long overdue after years of cuts and frozen salaries.

The city was seeking $463,937 in 2015 for proficiency-based pay raises.

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said the raises are needed to fix a pay system under which some veteran city employees were not at the top of their pay scale despite decades of experience.

Also on Tuesday night, the council will resume its regular performance review of Hinsvark in an executive, or closed, session.

The council started the review on Oct. 28 in executive session, but it was continued to Tuesday after council members continued to tweak and discuss the process they are using to evaluate their top employee.

Council members apparently weren’t on the same page as to how the review was being conducted.

The council also has scheduled some time on Tuesday’s agenda to talk with Hinsvark in public session about goals to achieve in 2015.

The council has told Hinsvark it wants to continue working with her.

After the performance review is complete, a summary of the review will be released to the public.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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