Parks, Downtown, employee OT see increases in Safford’s proposed budget

Safford Downtown - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — While the bulk of discussion during a budget work session centered on employee pay, the Safford City Council also heard a summary of proposed budget increases.

Finance Director Kabrina Romero explained that overtime was being increased by $22,256 across seven areas:

● $1,790 for building maintenance

● $5,355 for streets

● $1,885 for sanitation

● $1,500 for landfill

● $5,356 for electric

● $5,220 for engineering

● $1,150 for fleet

The City Council will also see an increase of $12,200 that it can dole out for various programs.

“That included $2,200 increase to Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage, for a total of $2,700; $1,000 increase to the Junior Basketball League, for a total of $6,000; $4,000 for future recreational programming opportunities, such as the Volleyball League; and $5,000 increase to the (Safford) Downtown Association for a total of $10,000, with a cumulative rollover up to $15,000,” Romero said.

A number of capital projects, with funding from the American Recue Plan Act, have been included in the proposed 2022-23 budget, including $2.4 million for the new 8th and Discovery Park; $128,230 for IT CityWorks, 14th Avenue fiber and Downtown Main Street WiFi; and $640,000 for airport T-hangers.