Gatlinburg approves pay hike

Higher revenues, lower expenses fund raise; no tax increase
Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

The Gatlinburg City Commission approved a budget Monday that features no increase in taxes but does allow for a two-percent cost of living adjustment for city employees.

The budget, which was approved on final reading without comment during Monday’s meeting, calls for a two-percent cost of living adjustment for employees since the 2008-09 fiscal year.

“The improved budgetary situation baed upon increased revenues and decreased expenses provides the financial basis to fund this adjustment,” City Manager Cindy Ogle wrote in her budget report to the commission.

The increased revenues allowed the city to fund the raise and some other spending items without an increase in its property tax rate, which remains fixed at .1592 per $100 of assessed value.

Most of the city’s revenues actually comes from sales based taxes, as opposed to its property tax.

The budget doesn’t include any major new capital outlay items.

Commissioners voted to approve the budget on final reading; they voted to approve the tax rate on first reading, meaning that it must be approved on two more occasions before it’s enacted.

The commission also voted:

  • to approve first reading of amendments to its Occupational Safety and Health Program Plan
  • to approve first reading of amendments to its storm water ordinance.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com