Possible Raises Ahead for Cheyenne Employees

Jeff Schuman reports, jschuman@k2tv.com

Raises are in the plans for the 2012 budget as it is now in the hands of the Cheyenne city council.

As the 2011 budget heads into the 11th month of the fiscal year, revenues are $926,000 above forecast.

"Sales and use tax remains the driver where those taxes are $1.4 million above forecast," Cheyenne mayor Rick Kaysen said.

Equally impressive are the expenditures at $1.6 million below forecast, which is exactly what you want from a budget.

"Our control measures continue to work in our favor."

The 2012 budget has now been finalized and presented to the city council with revenues and expenditures of $50.7 million, which is a $4.5 million increase from 2011.

"Including the already approved biennial amount of $3.9 million and then the supplemental budget that was approved during the last legislative session of slightly more than $1 million."

Within the proposed budget includes an estimated 15% increase in health care coverage for employees as well as raises for the first time in over 2 1/2 years.

"$1,000 annual increase in wages for all eligible employees," Kaysen said. "This equates to a 2.2% increase in our overall payroll budget."

As the city comes out of a difficult year, it is making tremendous strides with high hopes for the 2012 budget.