Rising Sun is looking at ways to boost its economy.
So much so that they are willing to dip into their savings to pay for it.
The budget was formerly passed the first day of the new fiscal year on July 1.
The budget includes $761,575 in salaries for the 17 town employees. If overtime is accrued that number increases to $812,838. That number includes seasonal help - a part time maintenance person. It also includes an as yet unhired utility billing clerk and a position of sergeant in the police department.
Town employees received a three percent raise for the new year. Police Chief Chip Peterson is projected to earn $69,777. Town clerk Marsha Spencer projected earnings are $36,420.
Bonenberger has received $19,000 in raises since 2012.
In September 2012, his annual salary was $84,406.40 to work for the 2,781 residents. He also has a take home vehicle which he drives to his home in Pennsylvania. His salary in 2015 is projected at $106,625. The payroll for his bosses, the mayor and commissioners, is budgeted at $3,600 for five people for the year.
It was reported last week that town accountant CPA Patricia Wagner was paid $130,000 annually for the last three years. This year, that number dropped to an estimated $80,000 for the fiscal year.
The town has also budgeted specific expenses for parks and recreation. For the dog park and Veterans Park projects, $24,000 has been budgeted to finish those up. Movies in the Park will cost $1,200 per year. The town has earmarked $1,000 for Spooktacular and Christmas events.
The Community Fire Company of Rising Sun is expected to receive $12,000 from the town. Rising Sun High will get $300. The Town will pay $3,200 for an employee/volunteer appreciation dinner. Dinner meetings for the town board will cost another $1,000.