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Council approves budget, ordinance review

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During a special meeting Monday night, Reynoldsburg City Council approved the 2014 budget as emergency legislation and appointed an ad hoc committee to review the city's code of ordinances.

The two items were approved March 17 by council members Scott Barrett, Leslie Kelly, Barth Cotner, Chris Long and Daniel Skinner. Council President Doug Joseph and members Cornelius McGrady III and Mel Clemens were absent.

Long, who presided over the special meeting in Joseph's absence, said the motion to appoint the ad hoc committee to review the city's ordinances was amended on Feb. 24, but due to a technical error, a special meeting was necessary for a vote.

"Unfortunately, that evening (on Feb. 24), someone forgot to call for a vote on getting it approved," Long said. "Tonight we are here to do that."

The final 2014 budget includes 3-percent salary increases for non-contract city workers that City Auditor Richard Harris said will cost Reynoldsburg about $100,000. He said it has been about three years since those employees received a raise.

The final budget also includes a 6-percent salary increase for Harris, which council approved in late December.

Harris has not had a salary increase since 2009.

The 6-percent raise brings his base salary up to $76,844 annually. He also will receive 2-percent annual salary increases in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The budget also includes $300,000 in overtime costs for the police division.

The next full council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

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