Bronson passes budget, has money to give pay raises

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Bronson property owners will see an increase in property tax millage on their tax bills, but with falling property values, it may even out in the end.  The Town Council approved 3.44 mills per $1,000 of property value, an increase from 3.20 mills last year during a Monday evening budget meeting. Property in the city is valued at $36,469,680, down from $38 million one year ago. The council also approved a $1,126,006 budget for the fiscal year that starts today. The budget meeting was followed by the regular council meeting and the installation of newly elected Councilmen Jason Kennedy and incumbents Beatrice Mongo and Aaron Edmundson. Melody LaFlam, whose term on the council ended with Monday's budget meeting, brought up the subject of pay raises for city employees and evaluations. “I think raises should be able to be given on job performance,” LaFlam said as she argued for raising Town Clerk Kelli Brettle's pay from $30,160 to $37,960 per year.  Her hourly rate would go from $14.50 to $18.25, an increase of $3.75 per hour. “The first priority was getting the audits done which some felt was an impossible feat at the time,” LaFlam said.

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