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Cheyenne Budget: Increases proposed for City Attorney, Human Resources, more

Courtesy of the City of Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The proposed budgets for the City Attorney’s Office, Human Resources, Municipal Court, and Youth Alternatives were all covered in the most recent of the proposed budget meetings. 

The City of Cheyenne published its proposed FY 2023 general fund budget this week. As proposed, the budget is balanced at $59,636,705, up more than $5.7 million over the current fiscal year budget.

The city is hosting daily work sessions through May 13 to review the budget from noon to 1 p.m. in the Municipal Building Council Chambers at 2101 O’Neil Ave. The meetings are livestreamed on the city’s social media pages, through a Zoom link available at www.cheyennecity.org/ecm, and televised on Spectrum channel 192.

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Mayor Patrick Collins and City Treasurer Robin Lockman gave an overview of the budget May 4. On May 5, they discussed the proposed budgets for the Mayor’s Office, Compliance/IT, City Clerk and City Treasurer.

In today’s meeting, the City Attorney’s Office is requesting a $712,574 budget as a line item in the Mayor’s Office budget. The request is down $22,501 from last year’s budget, primarily from a payroll decrease, as the city has been outsourcing attorneys. 

There has been an increase of $1,420 regarding licenses and fees in order to cover annual Wyoming State Bar License fees for each attorney, officials said.

Another proposal for the State Attorney’s Office is for dues and subscriptions. Stefanie Boster, the head of the department, requested $26,305 to cover several items for the office. These are to cover the City Attorney’s Westlaw online subscription service, new Wyoming State Statute books and International Municipal Lawyers Association dues for three attorneys.

Human Resources, also under the Mayor’s Office budget, seeks an increase of $93,512 to $665,516 for the fiscal year.

The increase is partially because of payroll, as there is an increase in wage for the Human Resources director, as well as a promotion of Human Resources benefits specialist to Human Resources manager. 

There is also an understanding by the department head, Darrin Hass, that wages have been lagging in a competitive market. Because of this, he requested an increase of $10,585 for professional services expenses to cover the costs of a Market Compensation Study.

The Municipal Court, whose budget also falls under the Mayor’s Office budget, also seeks an increase of $58,314 to $746,402. It increased the payroll by $48,000 to allow for additional hours for one of the part-time Municipal Court judges.

Youth Alternatives, also under the Mayor’s Office budget, asked for an increase of $13,344 for its proposed budget, bumping it to $467,015. Part of the increase is going to the Prevention Services Clinical Supervisor’s salary and benefits increase, officials said.