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York City treasurer seeks more money
York City's treasurer says his office needs more money to hire temporary help.
Joe Jefcoat addressed York City Council during the body's Tuesday night meeting's public-comment session, saying his department needs $21,000 more than it's currently budgeted.
The $21,000 would come from the city's general fund, but then the city school district and county would reimburse the city for $14,000 of that, Jefcoat said.
The job of treasurer is a directly elected city position that's independent from the mayor's administration and council. It handles tax-collection duties for York City residents for the city, county and city school district. Jecoat's department also administers some special tax programs, such as the LERTA and RETAP programs.
Jefcoat was just elected to his first four-year term as treasurer. In the city's 2016 budget, he's a part-time city employee making $28,000 a year; the office also has two full-time workers: a deputy treasurer and a clerk.
Jefcoat said he's been working full-time hours this year.
"I simply cannot continue to do that," he said.
He said the $21,000 would go to hiring contract workers to temporarily help out when the office is particularly busy, as workers there have been lately around tax time.
He said that last year $30,000 was budgeted to this end, but that was cut as a cost-saving measure this year..
During the public comment section, anyone can address council about any subject, but the council doesn't have to respond — just listen. After Jefcoat wrapped up his comments, council members thanked him for speaking and moved onto another city resident.
The treasurer's office put a resolution on the council's legislative agenda for Tuesday night for a resolution that would put what Jefcoat was asking for into effect. Supporting documentation going with the resolution indicated that the city would end up paying about $3,720 more than it is paying now, after figuring in savings from other areas of the treasurer's office.
When the council got to that agenda item, members announced it had been pulled from the agenda on recommendation from the solicitor.
Assistant York City solicitor Jason Sabol on Wednesday said his office hadn't yet had a chance to check the resolution out, as it does for all bills and resolutions. If everything looks OK, the resolution could show up on a future agenda.
The next York City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17. Council meetings have a public-comment portion starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the legislative session at 7 p.m. This next meeting also has a special session scheduled at 6 p.m. that day to consider the transfer of a liquor licence to Iron Horse York, a bistro slated to go into the One MarketWay West building downtown.