Mayor Rick Kaysen says his budget proposal is moving closer to being finalized.
His proposed budget of $54.6 million would include a 7% utility rate increase, a 3.4% increase for sanitation services and a 2.25% pay increase for non-uniformed city employees and police officers.
Kaysen believes it's a modest recommendation and that city employees deserve to keep their compensation competitive.
"In 2011 and 2012, 73% of people that left the city, left for higher paying positions and those are the ones that acknowledged why they were leaving during their exit interview. So it is always a concern to be able, not only to recruit individuals to be city employees, but also be able to retain them," Kaysen said.
It seems like potholes are everywhere this spring and the mayor says his office has heard the complaints.
There is money in the budget to address the problem, but the snow storms this spring have delayed the process.
"I think the problems are a little worse this year than we've experienced in the past and the reason for that again, we received a ton of moisture, and we're very grateful for that moisture and again with those lower temperatures, freezing temperatures that we experienced in April that exasperated the problem as well. Thus more holes, more concern, more action by the city," Kaysen said.