The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 3, 2014

Budget process moving forward

Residents will have chance to voice opinions

FULTON, Ill. — Fulton residents are encouraged to join the Fulton City Council on Tuesday as members discuss details of the fiscal year 2015 budget during a public hearing at City Hall.

Highlights of the discussion will be whether the council will continue with a preliminary vote that called for a 3 percent salary increase for the city's 21 employees but also required a greater contribution to their insurance benefits.

According to that preliminary vote, council members are asking city employees to increase their spousal insurance contribution by $15 making it a total of $75 per pay period, and adding a flat $15 rate per pay period for medical coverage of their children.

The reason for proposing the insurance contributions, even though the city is projected to save money on this year's insurance premiums, is because of future Social Security and Municipal Retirement payment increases that loom over the city's operating budget.

By approving those increase in insurance contributions, council members felt they needed to offer their employees better compensation to counteract the added expenses.

Instead of offering a 1.7 percent, approximately $24,000, salary increase, which was first introduced to the council, they approved a 3 percent increase adding $6,200 to the projected wage raise.

Residents will be allowed to express their support or opposition of that proposed budget. Whether that will lead to changes or not is unclear to city leaders.

But for Mayor Larry Russell, it is about letting residents speak their minds and being transparent through this whole budget process.

"I hope we get a decent turnout," Mayor Larry Russell said. "The employees got a chance to speak at the last preliminary budget so now it's time for the public to come and speak up."

Text Only
  • District tries to attract prison workers FULTON, Ill. — While the renovation process at the Thomson, Illinois, Correctional Center has yet to begin, a few high-level management positions have already been filled.Filling those positions are people, and most importantly to the River Bend Scho

    July 25, 2014

  • New tourism position denied FULTON, Ill. — With the unexpected departure of former Tourism Director and Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Bennett, the city of Fulton has worked for the last two months to pick up the pieces and fill the void she left behind.One option was to

    July 24, 2014

  • New class preps students for college FULTON, Ill. — Incoming freshman this year at Fulton High School will get a first glance at a new course aimed to prepare them for the next big step in their lives.While most high-school classes are geared in some way to prepare students for college,

    July 24, 2014

  • Fulton Chamber's future funding source still unclear FULTON, Ill. — Questions still linger around the future of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce despite a three-year funding allocation and a partnership with the city of Fulton.During a City Council meeting Monday, the council voted to approve a recommend

    July 23, 2014

  • Darryl Hogue mugshot Hogue will lead River Bend schools FULTON, Ill. — Nearly eight months after opening the search, the River Bend School Board has found a replacement for the retiring district superintendent Robert “Chuck” Holliday.Darryl Hogue, principal of Morrison Junior High School, in Morrison, Ill

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fulton native putts on with pro career FULTON, Ill. — After competing at the John Deere Classic this past weekend, Aaron Krueger will get to again rub shoulders with some of golf’s best — this time at the PGA Championship.Krueger failed to make the cut at the JDC in Silvis, Ill., but it w

    July 18, 2014

  • Sawmill New event cruises into Clinton CLINTON — Three Gateway-area locations are joining together in August for a river heritage event.The event will be held Aug. 3 and will feature a Blue Heron river cruise, a Sawmill Museum tour and a de Immigrant Windmill tour in Fulton, Illinois. The

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Thomson prison Towns prep for opening of prison FULTON, Ill. — When the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $43.7 million in June for equipment and staffing toward the activation of the Thomson, Illinois, Correctional Center, a wave of relief came over officials in the Gateway area.But,

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-11-14 Fulton Summer Nights Dog Days Of Summer FULTON, Ill. — The dog days of summer were in full swing Thursday in Fulton as the second installment of Fulton Summer Nights went off without a hitch.As family and friends of all ages joined the community celebration, themed “The Dog Days of Summer,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leaders support loan for improvements to city's hotel FULTON, Ill. — As activation of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, continues to gain momentum, local communities are preparing for the influx of residents and visitors they have been promised for more than 12 years.One way the city

    July 10, 2014