LOGAN – He admits it has not been a “robust” year for Logan City but in his annual budget address <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Tuesday</span></span> Mayor Randy Watts said there are signs of improvement and the city is in a good financial position.
He told the municipal council the city has been conservative and there are now 18 fewer emplyees than there were seven years ago.
“There are individuals over the last several years that we just haven’t replaced,” Watts says. “It isn’t that we just sent them out the door, they just retired and we didn’t replace the position.
“But we’re ramping up now for a strong year. We’re expecting stronger sales tax returns.”
Watts says that with those increases from sales tax the city has plenty of projects that need to be done.
“There are just so many needs on the roads and streets and underground utility that we are going to take every spare dollar we have, with the council’s blessing, to put it back into the city.”
The mayor is recommending that employees receive what he called a “modest increase” in pay for performance to the tune of approximately three percent. This was Watt’s eighth budget address and his second four-year term ends this year but he has indicated he plans to seek re-election.