City employee salaries and benefits by the numbers

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Brian Acker, director of financial services with the City of Moose Jaw, gives an overview of his department report regarding the budgeted salaries and benefits for city employees in 2013 and 2014 at the Jan. 13, 2014 budget committee meeting at city hall.

The overall change in budgeted salaries and benefits for city employees from 2013 to 2014 is 3.5 per cent.

The financial services department provided a report to Monday’s budget committee meeting.

“This is a result of a motion that budget committee passed and that was that budget committee be provided with a report detailing the total value of salaries and benefits for 2013 compared to 2014,” said Brian Acker, director of financial services with the city.

Overall, the salaries and benefits for City of Moose Jaw employees was budgeted at $27.78 million in 2013 compared to a budgeted $28.75 million in 2014. That is an increase of $968,164 or 3.5 per cent.

The overall salaries and benefits includes the numbers from the general revenue fund, the transit department, the waterworks department, the sanitary sewer department and the solid waste department

The city’s general revenue fund had salaries and benefits budgeted at $24.45 million in 2013 and a proposed $25.31 million in 2014. That is an increase of $856,919 or 3.5 per cent.

The city’s transit department had salaries and benefits budgeted at $720,860 in 2013 and a proposed $722,615 in 2013. That is an increase of $1.755 or 0.2 per cent.

The waterworks department had a budgeted $1.41 million in salaries and benefits in 2013. In 2014, the proposed salaries and benefits are at $1.50 million, which is an increase of $86,316 or 6.1 per cent.

There was a budgeted $695,797 in 2013 for salaries and benefits in the sanitary sewer department. In 2014, the salaries and benefits are budgeted at $523,375, which is a decrease of $3,742 or 0.5 per cent.

The solid waste department had $496,459 budgeted in 2013 for salaries and benefits. In 2014, the salaries and benefits are proposed at $523,375. That’s an increase of $26,916 or 5.4 per cent.

In the general revenue fund are salaries, compensation and remuneration for Mayor Deb Higgins and the other councillors. The city clerk/solicitor, city manager, city treasurer, information technologies, human resources, fire department, police department, engineering and all other departments are included in the general revenue fund.

For instance, the city manager department salaries and worker’s compensation in 2013 was budgeted at $232,876. In 2014, it is budgeted at $245,357. That is an increase of $12,481 or 5.4 per cent.

The city clerk/solicitor's department had a 2013-budgeted salary and worker’s compensation of $364,062. In 2014, the salaries and worker’s compensation is budgeted at $374,581. That’s an increase of $10,519 or 2.9 per cent.

Salaries and worker’s compensation for the mayor and councillors in the 2013 budget were $261,224 including the aldermanic remuneration, mayor’s remuneration and acting mayor’s allowance for all councillors. In 2014, it is budgeted at $268,880. That is an increase of $7,656 or 2.9 per cent.

Numbers for the employees in the engineering department in 2013 were budgeted at $1.49 million and in 2014, they are budgeted at $1.76 million. That’s an increase of $260,661 or 17.4 per cent.

The parks and recreation department employee salaries and benefits were budgeted at $887,122 in 2013 and is proposed at $929,040 in 2014. That’s a $41,918-increase of 4.7 per cent.

Budget committee voted to unanimously receive and file the report.

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