City continues work on budget to include annexation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette city leaders continue work on the upcoming budget that will include some changes due to the recent annexation.

The annexation means a possible change in classification, which means a change in structure at the city level. The city of West Lafayette can now be classified as a Class 2 city.

If the council votes to approve the classification a second time, the city would divide the office of clerk-treasurer into two offices — the clerk and the controller.

The clerk-treasurer’s office is preparing now for that possibility. Some department heads met with city council members Tuesday night for a budget workshop. Clerk-treasurer Judy Rhodes said she is asking for more overtime allowance, as well as extra resources.

Mayor John Dennis said these are necessary because the entire office will be reorganized.

“They have additional responsibilities because of the software and also trying to create an easy flow of data and information for that transition when we go from having a clerk-treasurer to a controller,” said Dennis.

Dennis expects the overall budget to increase by a single-digit percentile because of the added residents and added land with the annexation.

News 18 reported last week that the police department will add three new officers over the course of the next three years to help with the added calls.

The budget will be filed Thursday, July 24. After a first reading by the council, it can be reduced but cannot increase.

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