Steamboat Springs City Council cuts city’s request for more personnel
Steamboat Springs — Concerned about bringing on more payroll and health care costs, a slim majority of the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night ordered city staff to cut some extra personnel from the 2017 budget proposal.
The four council members who endorsed the cut to the $73.8 million budget didn’t specify which of the proposed positions should be cut.
Instead, they directed staff to eliminate 1.7 full-time equivalents from the budget proposal.
Councilman Tony Connell cited concerns over rising payroll costs and health insurance costs as a reason to limit the growth of the city’s personnel roster.
Council President Walter Magill and council members Kathi Meyer and Heather Sloop also voted in favor of trimming the personnel request.
The city’s budget originally included 10.7 additional FTEs over the 2016 budget.
Some of the additional personnel include a public works staff engineer, seasonal firefighters and an office specialist in the Parks and Community Services office.
The city is also bringing on a public relations manager in place of a deputy city manager, a position that has not been filled in recent years even though it’s been in the budget.
City staff will need to decide which of the additional positions it will keep out of the budget before the council considers giving final approval to the spending plan Nov. 15.
This marks the second year the council has scrutinized the city’s request for more personnel.
The former council made a similar directive to city staff last year in a move that ultimately trimmed from the budget.
However, when new city council members were sworn in last November, they agreed to fund a new office coordinator in the public works department.
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