Metropolitan Water District employees could get up to a 6 percent pay raise next year if staff recommendations are included in the proposed 1991 budget.
General Manager N.P. Sefakis told the district board that he also wants to change the fringe benefit package affecting vacations. The proposal would increase the number of allowed days in accordance with employee service time and allow district employees to carry over unused vacation time up to a maximum of 320 hours. He said the Metropolitan Water District is the only such agency along the Wasatch Front that does not permit employees to accrue unused vacation.The pay increase, 3 percent for cost of living and 3 percent for merit, would increase the total payroll by $58,507 for a total of $1.01 million for the coming year.
Both recommendations will be reviewed by the board's finance committee for a recommendation prior to the board's November budget hearing.
Preliminary budget figures indicate the district will raise about $7.8 million in revenue during 1991. More than half, $4.1 million, will come from water sales while nearly $2.9 million is expected to come from tax collections. The district also expects to earn $693,000 in interest on investments.
The district expects to spend $2.7 million, including $1.2 million to operate its Little Cottonwood Plant, $390,000 for the Jordan Valley Plant, $374,050 for the Jordan Narrows plant and $485,560 in administrative costs.
Planned expenditures are $599,214 more than the 1990 budget. The budget plan also includes $201,800 for capital improvements.
The district master plan indicates $46,271 is set aside to complete purchase of land for a water reservoir near Memorial Estates, 3115 E. 7800 South. The district has begun condemnation proceedings on land belonging to the business. An appraisal by the district puts the value at $185,085, of which $138,814 has already been paid. The business claims the condemned land is worth nearly $2 million and is seeking a court ruling to that effect.
Memorial Estates representatives have offered a land exchange to resolve the issue, but the district doesn't agree with the terms offered.