Sunday, August 7, 2011
THE GUARDIAN got a copy of the Caldwell budget and on page one was payroll data for the Mayor. Mayor Nancolas makes $101,901.00 for the total pay he received with benefits. He did take a hit this year as his car allowance is down to a mere $8,000.00 this year ($10,000.00 last year), most of this decrease will be made up via a bonus (Performance pay) of $1,500 and a fitness reimbursement of $321. The job of Mayor in Caldwell pays very well at $101,901.00 as the gross pay package.
The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council will continue to receive $12,000 from the City coffers. We are not sure why this is listed under the revenue detail of the budget. Mayor Nancolas will continue his road trips to Washington DC with his MYAC group. (Mayor Nancolas was asked a couple of years back why he doesn't take the MYAC group to the Idaho Legislature v. going all the way back to Washington DC. THE GUARDIAN got a blank look from our Mayor with this question.)
Hwy. 20/26 will be widened from the FLYING J to Smeed Parkway at a cost of $3,000,000.00. The widening project is a gift to the development community in the hopes of getting some commercial development in that area and jobs for Caldwell citizens. The widening is not on the Idaho Dept. of Transportation to do list for several decades. The approach to this project is the highest cost of the three proposals presented at a public workshop several weeks back. Cheaper approaches involved using some existing pavement, this one will be a whole new road bed with a longer interval before the road has to be dug up and reworked. Roads like this have about a 20 year life. We did not hear of any guarantee if the widening project was done by any of the developers present at this meeting.
Caldwell did not take the 3% increase allowed by Idaho Code but the overall budget is up 2% due to the widening project on Hwy 20/26. The money came from rainy day reserves for the streets.
MAYOR DALE'S WAGE PACKAGE $101,416
We don't have a car allowance amount for Mr. Dale for this year but in past years it was around $4,500.00 and that would have to be added to the total wage package for Mayor Dale. These numbers came from a reader who went to the time and trouble to purchase a copy of the budget and thumb drive at a cost of $10.00 When we get the amount we will post it on THE GUARDIAN for our readers.
The big item for the City of Nampa is the increased cost of the IDAHO CENTER to Nampa residents. The cost of keeping the doors open will rise to nearly $1 million to Nampa property taxpayers. Heretofore, the City of Nampa has been feeding the Idaho Center monies left from the first Nampa Urban Renewal effort that built the Idaho Center. Mayor Dale likes to call this a community building project.
The next project to get a new tax or fee to deal with will be phosphates in waste water. Mayor Dale has already put together a group to work on this issue. Caldwell knows it to be a problem but no official word on how they are going to address the problem. It all comes from the Clean Water Act back in the 1970's and is getting to the front burner via the EPA. Word on the street is it will cost Nampa tens of millions to fix this problem. Caldwell has not begun to address this problem with their waste water discharges into the Boise River. Hang on for even higher sewer fees for this one.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 1:57 PM