BAXTER -- The creation of several new positions in Baxter will depend on what the Legislature will do to the city's local government aid.
But at the very least, Baxter City Council members Tuesday were leaning toward hiring at least two of the four recommended positions -- another building inspector and an analyst in the finance office -- proposed by City Administrator Larry Kruse.
"I think maybe we need to look at the positions on an individual basis," said council member Mark Cross. "I'm not ready to hire all (four positions), but we do need to hire a couple of people."
Kruse's recommendations were a street coordinator for the Public Works Department, hiring a planning assistant and a second building inspector in the Planning Department; and hiring an analyst and moving the information systems position into the Finance Department.
The cost of the new positions would be an estimated $115,500. Funding sources Kruse suggested are 3 percent gas/electric franchise fees, a 1 percent increase in project administration fees, taking over the administration of the city's lodging tax, the school building permit, eliminating the YMCA contribution, eliminating the planning intern and receiving a contribution from the water and sewer funds.
If the Legislature cuts Baxter's local government aid, some of those fees would go to make up the deficit in Baxter's budget.
The council made no decision Tuesday, but will discuss the issue at the May 7 council meeting.
In other action, the council approved the removal of dead trees and brush at its property on College Drive.
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