OGDEN -- After a year of stagnation, Ogden city employees will get a little bump up on their paychecks this year.
The city council adopted the city's fiscal year 2014 budget Tuesday night by unanimous vote.
The approved budget provides for the city to staff 580 full-time positions, and after last year's final budget included no cost-of-living or pay-for-performance increases, this year's version has some good news for city employees.
Full-time employees will receive a one-time, 1 percent bonus and an additional 2 percent merit increase.
Council Vice Chairman Neil Garner said the bonus schedule will help to ensure the retention of highly skilled employees and allow the city to maintain a high level of services provided to residents.
"We've worked very hard to ensure our employees are recognized for their dedication and support," Garner said. "City employees are an invaluable asset."
The city will also begin using a cellphone stipend program for employees who need a cellphone to complete their job requirements.
While news seems to be good for city employees, the budget also includes some new and increased fees for city residents.
A consumer price index increase of 2.3 percent for water, sewer and refuse rates will be implemented.
The budget also reflects the utility fee increases that were approved last May as part of the city's utility rate study.
Building permit fees have been updated to better reflect the actual costs associated with providing building inspection services.
In addition, the police department has introduced a new fee to cover its towing rotation program.
Over the next year, the council also will be reviewing park reservation fees and determining if they are appropriate based on uses that may produce increased wear and tear on park resources.
The city's legislative priorities for 2014 include a "smoking in public spaces" policy, a recreation master plan, a transit system plan, a "College Town" initiative, evaluating options for expanding secondary water within the city and the development of a communications plan for community wellness.