Road budget comes with pay raise

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By Damon Lawrence

Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his staffers appeared before the Roane County Budget Committee on Monday.

The committee unanimously approved the road department’s proposed operating and capital budgets for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The capital budget is $1.12 million. It has $120,000 earmarked for a long-arm tractor and $150,000 earmarked for a dump truck and two “F-250-type” trucks.

The capital budget has another $50,000 earmarked for a storage building.

Deputy Road Superintendent Tony Brown described it as a “metal building to put the tractors in.”

“We’re in need of that to keep our equipment in the dry,” Ferguson said.

The road department’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 is $3.777 million. About $938,000 is earmarked for hot-mix asphalt.

The department is set to receive property tax revenue of about $1.14 million. Elected officials are set to receive a state-mandated raise in the upcoming fiscal year, so Ferguson’s salary will rise from $81,208 to $83,945.

Road department budgets are subject to change because there could be an entirely different budget committee depending on election outcomes.