The state requires cities to keep 30 percent of their budget in a fund balance, or “rainy day” fund. Hudson Oaks reports having approximately 34 percent in its fund balance at the present time. By the end of the fiscal year in September 2013, Lawler said about 36 percent should be in the fund.
For the first time ever, the city will be offering a vacation buyback program. City employees get 240 hours of vacation every year, with many of them trying to use their time off around the holidays. Lawler said the previous “use it or lose it” policy would cause a lot of overtime late in the year, with people being brought in to work extra shifts.
Council members also held a workshop to address the city’s new tagline. Four proposals were given to help the city in its marketing and branding. The four proposals, each which came with corresponding artwork, included “Plant Your Flag,” “Branch Out,” “Deeply Rooted” and “Home Grown.”
Lawler said city staff liked deeply rooted the best. Lawler said taglines can be changed more easily than a logo and the council should consider what it would like for the next five years or so.
Council members were split between “Deeply Rooted” and “Branch Out.” After some discussion, Mayor Pat Deen asked to bring the items back next month to gather some sort of consensus.
The council’s next meeting is July 25.