The key sticking point in the evening's deliberations was whether to fund additional positions to staff the new courthouse that's slated to open
However, over the past month of budget work sessions, council members have added items they wanted to see funded.
In addition, Sheriff
A key factor in their staffing requests was whether the
Small told the council that he wouldn't need the additional staff if the second courtroom wasn't used initially. Higgs said he needed at least four positions to handle security at the new courthouse and the juvenile court facility, regardless of whether the second courtroom was used.
However, Higgs said he had no doubt the second courtroom would be used.
After the fourth straw vote, there was majority support for funding four deputies and raising sufficient revenue to fund the two court clerks in case they are needed. If they are not needed, the money will be carried over to the next budget cycle.
Higgs, who attended the work session, said he wouldn't ask for the 1.5 deputies in fiscal 2015 if he got four.
Each penny increase in the real estate tax rate generates
Had the council elected not to fund any deputies or court clerks, the tax rate could have been set at
Funding 5.5 full-time equivalent deputies costs
The exact savings of not funding 1.5 of the 5.5 deputies was not clear Tuesday night.
The current real estate tax rate is
If Tuesday's deliberations hold, the rate would become
At that rate, the owner of the median-priced home in the city would pay an additional
The median value of a house in the city is
The council is expected to adopt its fiscal 2015 budget on
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