San Angelo City Council

9-16-14

Highlights from September 16th:

 

1 of 6 highlights!

Public Comment brought Peggy Tharp and Jesse Martinez to the podium, both to speak in regard to their concerns of a Frac Sand trans-loading facility in the heart of our city.  Since that moment, lots of chatter has been happening in our community.

 

2 of 6 hightlights!

One of items on the Concent Agenda that went through without any discussion was item #14.  Last year, I believe there was some debate on this annual item that comes before the council, but not a word this year.  Your thoughts?

 

14.  Consideration of approving the contininuation of a City Policy providing for paid-time off for City employees who contribute a "care share," a "double care share," or greater to United Way campaign in 2015.  

 

From the Agenda Packet - background information on this item.

Date: Sept. 5, 2014

To: Mayor and Councilmembers

From: Ryan Ward, Engineering Services and Jade Baucom, Information Technology

Subject: Agenda Item for September 16, 2014, Council Meeting

Contact: Ryan Ward, Engineering Services

Caption: Consent Item

Consideration of approving the continuation of a City Policy providing for paid time off for City employees who contribute a “care share”, a “double care share”, or greater to United Way campaign in 2015 .

Summary: The City of San Angelo encourages its employees to contribute to the United Way campaign because of the resulting benefits to the community. As a result, City management would like to continue an incentive to employees who make significant contributions to the campaign.

History: The United Way raises approximately $2 million annually that is used to support 19 local programs, including the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank, San Angelo Day Nursery, Children’s Emergency Shelter, and the Adult Enrichment Center. Those served by United Way supported programs include the elderly, abused and neglected children, and battered women.

 

There is no doubt the services funded by the United Way campaign have far-reaching, lifetransforming impacts in our community.

The City of San Angelo is among the most important organizations to the United Way’s annual campaign. Last year, the City raised $91,466 and the previous year raised $ 95,763.  The City is interested in seeing that the organization grow its contribution to the United Way effort.  In hopes of encouraging City employees to donate to the campaign, the City of San Angelo United Way committee proposes continuing to give a day off to employees who pledge a “care share” contribution, which is the equivalent of one hour’s pay each month and to continue to give two days off to employees who pledge a “double care share” contribution, the equivalent of two hours’ pay each month; or greater.  This “United Way Day” must be taken in the calendar year the donation was made. “United Way

Days” are not carried over to the new year. Upon separation, the City does not pay an employee for accrued United Way time.

Financial Impact:

In 2014 the United Way received an estimated $88,240.21 from contributions eligible for this benefit.

Number of Contributions * Eligible United Way Contributions

Care Share 151 $ 37,157.10

Double Care Share 85 $ 38,249.94

Front Runners 11 $ 12,833.17

Total Eligible United Way Contributions $ 88,240.21

*Note: The number of care share, double care share, and front runner contributions were estimated to remain the same from 2014 to 2015.

The City of San Angelo’s cost to continue this benefit would be approximately $91,466.50

Number of Contributions Cost of One Day Off for Eligible Contributions

Care Share 151 $ 38,148.77

Double Care Share 85 $ 42,605.38

Front Runners 11 $ 10,712.35

Total Cost of One Day Off for Eligible Contributions $ 91,466.50

Other Information/Recommendation: None.

Attachments: None.

Presentation: None.

 

This item is one you have to step back and think about a bit.  Yes - United Way is a wonderful agency.  It does great things.  Hundreds of people, through through payroll deduction, give money to this agency, which in turn supports many agencies in our community.  The employee makes a sacrifice from their livelihood to benefit and bless those less fortunate.

 

In this scenario though, the employee's generosity is paid back to them by an additional day, or two, off from work - which in turn means the taxpayer is actually footing the bill and the generosity, not the employee. United Way benefited, the employee benefited, and the taxpayer paid the bill.  

 

I'm not sure who created this creative accounting to generate money for the United Way, but the taxpayers are once again picking up a tab that shouldn't be theirs to pay.  The employee, if they so choose to donate to this agency, should do it out of their pocket without being gifted a paid day off for their generosity.  It wasn't generosity.  It was taxpayer's money giving the employee a paid vacation day.  $91,466.50 - nice vacation!

 

 

3 of 6 highlights!

Two citizens spoke against the tax levy.  Deborah Bailey (SMD 6) and Wayne Hill (SMD 1) expressed concerns that there was not further reduction in tax rate since the city experienced a windfall - both from higher appraisals and growth.  The 12% budget increase managed to spend every cent.

 

4 of 6 highlights!

WalMart agenda item truly was the primary discussion of this Council Meeting.  Before this item had come to Council, it had been turned down. Now Council must give it a Super Majority Vote for it to pass and it did.  This was an exercise in how government works.  A homeowner association with a petition against, Corporate America pushing the issue, water quality concerns, a long-time business owner willing to give land to solve an issue, etc. 

 

 

5 of 6 Highlights!

$3.6 Million Dollar Windfall! Mayor Morrison has a specific plan on how he wants to use these dollars, as a thank you to the citizens for their water conservation efforts during our dire drought earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

6 of 6 Highlights!

The employees enjoyed a very good day at City Council today. They not only received the ability to have at least two additional paid vacation days, but with Agenda Item #29, they also got two additional holidays - bringing their potential total to 15 days.  11 set holidays, 2 additional, plus potential of 2 more vacation days with Double Care Share. That's 3 paid weeks of days off before their number of weeks they have paid off for vacation.  

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