Council passes $68.5M budget
The Hammond Common Council on Monday passed a $68.5 million 2019 budget.
Hammond Controller Heather Garay said it is a less than 1 percent increase over the 2018 budget. The budget was approved by an 8-1 vote, with Councilman Mark Kalwinski, D-1st, casting the only dissenting vote.
Kalwinski said he objected to money being taken from the council districts’ gaming funds for citywide infrastructure projects.
“It’s probably the most asked from the districts,” Kalwinski said.
Garay said the city tried to cut as much as possible, mostly from supply lines, to not cause a large increase. She said much of the increase is attributed to personnel expenses.
The budget includes 2 percent raises for all employees, except those whose salaries are set by state statute or covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Along with the main budget, the council approved the Hammond Sani- tary District budget. The total $14 million package includes roughly $5 million in the general budget, $5.5 million in debt service and $3.3 million in circuitbreaker exempt debt service.
“It really isn’t a whole lot of change,” said Marty Wielgos, Hammond Sanitary District manager.
The council also approved a $398,068 budget for Hammond redevelopment.