City talks clerk, IT, One-Cent budgets

SHERIDAN — The information technology department for the city of Sheridan has been working on consolidating Internet servers from three down to one.

That change will simplify IT duties and will save the city $67,000 in its Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Couple that with no money budgeted for new equipment or repairs, and the IT Department was able to reduce its budget to $174,500 for 2014, a total savings of $161,500 from last year.

The city’s IT department consists of a six-person committee that manages IT services by contracting with local Internet providers. The department’s goals for 2014 include completing the consolidation of servers and establishing a long-range model for disaster recovery, city Clerk and IT Manager Scott Badley said.
City Council members also discussed the 2014 budget for city clerk at its budget session Wednesday. A total of $256,375 was budgeted, down from $258,720 in 2013. Last year’s budget was up due to the election, Badley said.

Salaries and wages for the city clerk department remained the same. There was an increase in retirement and unemployment and worker’s compensation amounts, as well as office supplies and travel and training budgets.

The city clerk’s office — which includes Badley, a full-time assistant clerk and a part-time assistant clerk — serves City Council, city departments, Optional One-Cent Sales Tax recipients and the public by monitoring, preparing and researching a variety of records, licenses and permits.

For the remainder of the session, council members heard from five recipients of Optional One-Cent Sales Tax funds. City Treasurer Jennifer Reed said the proposed budget for those recipients for 2014 is the same as last year, with a total of $3,285,744 set to be distributed.

Groups presenting included Forward Sheridan, Sheridan Senior Center, Sheridan Community Land Trust, Sheridan County Historical Society Museum and the Wellness Council.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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