Friday, July 21, 2017

PSPRS a strain on city finances

By Laura Swan
The Bisbee Observer
The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System unfunded liability continues to strain the city’s financial situation. At an unprecedented 22 percent of the budget being allocated just to pay the pensions, the City of Bisbee is faced with trying to figure out a way to continue to pay for the unfunded liability.
Bisbee Mayor David Smith spoke during a forum at City Hall that involved members of an Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Arizona House of Representatives for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System reform in a presentation on July 13 where he told the committee that the city cannot tax its way out full story (e-subscribers only)

City spends over $64K for Memorial Day events

By Laura Swan 
The Bisbee Observer
The final numbers are in for the Memorial Day weekend events and in total the city spent just over $64,000 to host the Sonoran Fest/Vietnam Wall events that did not draw the large crowds that were anticipated to recoup the city’s cost.
The itemized breakdown was presented at Tuesday night’s Bisbee City Council meeting, which included $33,736.90 dollars for salary expenses for 24 city employees, 15 from the Public Works Department and nine from the Bisbee Police Department for a total of 144 hours of overtime pay during the event weekend. 
The City of Bisbee Parks Department recreational programs/special even full story (e-subscribers only)

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