What about raises? They vary between 2 and 4 per cent. Finnigan explained how it works. "We appraise people, we require them to go the extra mile, and if they are doing that, they are rewarded accordingly." He noted that most surrounding communities have union contracts that require pay increases, but "we do it based on performance."
Finnigan's salary next year is set at $102,775, slightly less than the salaries paid to Township Managers in Lower Macungie and South Whitehall.
Finnigan told Supervisors he was able to reduce the interest rate on the Township's long-term loans from 4.25% to 4.00%.
Supervisor Steve Salveson expressed some concern over employees being forced to pay a portion of their family's health care. "That's quite a hit for most of the people with family coverage," he remarked. Finnigan assured Salveson that it's a "wash," but agreed to analyze the differences in take home pay for employees with families.
Hanover resident Al Young complimented Supervisors for posting the proposed budget on the Township web page, but repeated Lehigh County Commissioner Glenn Eckhart's admonition that "government spending is the problem."
Supervisors will tackle the budget again on November 23, 7 PM, at the municipal building.