, Corbin, KY

July 3, 2014

Corbin budget is done, but are layoffs coming?

By Jeff Noble
The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — The Corbin City Commission approved the second reading of the city’s annual budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year during a special meeting Wednesday.

The budget’s up from last year’s, and now that it’s been approved, it becomes law after legal publication.

But could the new budget come at a price? In this case, could it involve possible layoffs of members of the Corbin Police Department?

Corbin’s Mayor, Willard McBurney, confirmed Wednesday it could be a possibility.

“We’re looking at a possible layoff, but if we could find some possible funding, that may be averted. …There were no letters given to any policemen about being laid off. …But if we do layoff, Marlon (City Manager Marlon Sams) will recommend to us what to do at our regular meeting of the City Commission on July 21st. If Marlon recommends it, the Commission will vote on it.  It’ll be an open vote, right there in the meeting. And we’re looking at other avenues to get funding. Other cities are having problems, and revenues are down in those towns, just like it’s been here,” he said in a phone interview.

Corbin’s Chief of Police, David Campbell, also confirmed Wednesday that police layoffs are a possibility.

“They had a meeting about the budget earlier this week. There’s more money in the budget this year, but there may be some layoffs in our department. But I don’t know. It changes from hour to hour. And once you start losing policemen, you have to pay overtime. So it’s a double-edge sword. I’d like to keep what we’ve got, but I don’t know. Prior to 2009, we lost a lot of policemen, but we changed a lot of things after that. There’s no easier answer now than there was the other day. I do know that it will be four of the last five who were hires, but that may not be the case,” he said.

The Corbin Police Department’s expenditures for the 2014-15 budget show $2,187,564 requested in the General Fund. That’s up from $1,967,217 in the current 2013-14 budget.

Of that, personnel costs are the highest, budget this fiscal year at $1,736,114, up from the current 2013-14 budget of $1,648,617.

Among personnel costs, $806,110 is budgeted this year for police department salaries and wages, down from $940,000 in last year’s budget.

*Second is $370,000 budgeted this year for police department retirement benefits, down from last year’s $406,000. Third is $167,00 for police health insurance benefits, up from last year’s $156,000. A community policing grant budget this year at $125,000 was listed fourth, which was not listed in last year’s budget. Fifth in personnel costs budgeted this year were police incentive pay at $100,000, up from last year’s $71,300.

Also new this year is $72,000 to pay two officers for state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) salaries and wages, which was not listed last year.

*At $301,850 budgeted in 2014-15, supplies and material costs were third on the police budget expenditures, up from last year’s $211,800. Of that total, gas and oil expenses topped that list, with $95,000 budgeted this year, up from last year’s $90,000. A Dispatch Homeland Security Grant of $65,000 was second, which was not listed in the 2013-14 budget. Phone expenses with a budget of $30,000 was third on the list, up from last year’s $28,500.

*Police contractual services were budgeted this year at $138,000, up from $95,200 in 2013-14.

Also during Wednesday’s special meeting, Mayor McBurney and Commissioners Joe Shelton, Bruce Hodge and Ed Tye approved the first reading of an ordinance which would amend the previous budget of the 2013-14 Fiscal Year. The second reading of that ordinance will be at a special City Commission meeting Monday, July 7.

Along with the breakdown of the city’s police budget expenses for the new fiscal year, this how some other city components fared in the new budget:

For the Corbin Public Works Department, 2014-15 budget expenditures show $1,845,250 in the General Fund. That’s up from last year’s budget of $1,781,900.

The biggest chunk of that goes for personnel costs totaling $1,080,250, slightly down from the previous budget of $1,088,900. The biggest piece of that pie involves salaries and wages, budgeted this year for $745,000, the same as last year.

Second was $388,100 for contractual services, an increase from last year’s $362,000. In that list, the highest expense was $290,000 for dumping ground rental, up from $270,000 last year.

Supplies and material costs was the third for Public Works, with a budget this year of $312,900, an increase from $267,000 in 2013-14. Gas and oil expenses were the biggest expense in that column, budgeted in 2014-15 for $120,000, down from last year’s $132,000.

The Corbin Fire Department’s budget for the new fiscal year has expenditures in the General Fund of $1,310,500, an increase from last year’s total of $1,261,829.

As with other departments, personnel costs topped the list, budgeted this year for $1,208,500, an increase from 1,126,479 a year ago.

Of that, $700,000 is budgeted for salaries and wages, up from $617,379 in 2013-14.

Fire department retirement benefits was second with a budget of $260,000, down from last year’s $280,000. Fire department insurance benefits came in third, budgeted  this year for $106,000, up from $103,000 last year.

Supplies and material costs was the second highest list in the fire department’s budget at $70,000 budgeted this year, down from last year’s $71,550. Top in that category was gas and oil expenses of $16,000, the same as 2013-14.

General Government expenditures were budgeted for a total of $975,141 in the 2014-15 Fiscal Year, up from $842,430 in FY 2013-14.

Again, personnel costs were the highest, showing a budget of $453,105 this year, up from $433,480 last year. But general government salaries and wages remained the same as last year’s, budgeted at $275,000.

Second after personnel costs were contractual services of $317,750, up from last year’s $255,850. Third were supplies and material costs of $107,450, which is down from $110,850 in 2013-14.

Fourth for General Government were expenses labeled “Miscellaneous” with a budget in 2014-15 of $93,736, an increase from last year’s $42,250. Of that, $59,736 was listed for general government miscellaneous expenses, a big increase from $4,500 in 2013-14. Economic development was budgeted for $25,000, the same as a year ago. Meanwhile, $4,000 went this year for Parade/Christmas Decorations, down from $6,000 last year, while NIBROC expenses got $500 budgeted, a drop from last year’s $1,750.

As for the Corbin Parks and Recreation Department, $690,215 is the total they have budgeted a total of $690,215 in expenditures for the new year, which is a big increase from last year’s $519,500.

On top of that list are personnel costs of $310,525, off a hair from $310,650 the last fiscal year. Salaries and wages make up the majority of that category with a budget of $200,000 this fiscal year, down slightly from $210,000 in 2013-14.

In second are supplies and material costs, with a budget of $261,400. That’s a big increase from $164,600 the previous year. Also up are capital outlays — recreation equipment and grants — which come in this year at $86,000, compared to last year’s $27,000. While Parks and Rec doesn’t have expenditures this year from a Land and Water Recreational Grant of $14,500, their Recreational Trails Grant expenditures increased this fiscal year at $75,000. That’s compared to $10,000 from the same grant a year ago.

The Corbin Recycling Center’s new budget shows total expenditures of $403,030 for the new fiscal year, up slightly from last year’s $402,832.

Over three-fourths of it go for personnel costs of $321,530, which is above the previous year’s $258,332. Of that, salaries and wages make up $230,000 of that category, a good increase from $166,000 in 2013-14.

Supplies and material costs were the second highest category, showing $44,800 budgeted. That’s a decrease from last year’s $48,000.

For the Corbin Arena, the new fiscal year shows a budget in the Arena Fund of $1,686,585 in total revenues and total expenditures. That’s a slight increase from last year’s total of $1,630,304 in revenues and expenditures.

*Of those total revenues, $835,000 comes from taxes, the same amount budgeted last fiscal year. All of it is generated from the Expo Center restaurant tax, which is listed at $800,000, and a room tax charged to motel rooms in the city which brings in an additional $35,000 — the same as was in last year’s budget.

Miscellaneous revenues — such as concessions, merchandise, miscellaneous sales and vending — were budget to bring in $326,885, an increase from last year’s $302,500.

Fees for services, like rent on the Corbin Arena, facility parking, arena event income and sponsorships, are budgeted at $300,000, up from $268,104 in FY 2013-14. A $162,000 transfer from CEF, $62,500 received from the state from a sales tax refund, and $200 in interest income add another $224,700 to the budget, the same as last year.

* As for expenditures, contractual services are the biggest expense. This year they’re budgeted at $796,750, down from $79,646 a year ago. Highest on that list are a KLC (Kentucky League of Cities) Arena loan payment of $435,000, which is up from last year’s $433,350. That’s followed by penalty and interest expense of $355,000, down from $357,546 the previous year.

Supplies and materials costs — such as events, utilities, sales taxes, insurance, concessions, telephone expenses, concessions, building maintenance and maintenance of the arena road —  were budgeted at $458,000 this year — a big increase from last year’s $235,728.

Finally, personnel costs were listed on this year’s budget at $431,835, which is down considerably from $596,930 in 2013/14. Of that, salaries and wages made up most of that category, with $305,000 budgeted for 2014-15. That’s also a big drop from the $480,000 that was budgeted a year ago.