Council adds to food sales tax rebate fund

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By Crystal Nelson

Council plans to put $71,200 in its food sales tax rebate account from 2013, bringing the total amount in the food sales tax rebate account to about $190,000. City Manager Manuel Esquibel said council was able to give residents a $50 rebate around 2007 or 2008 but that the amount in the account isn’t enough to rebate to residents at this time.

In other business: 

— City council is looking at approving an increase in pension contributions that have already been approved by police and fire organizations. The increase for police and fire personnel amounts to 0.25 percent annually over the next eight years to 2 percent and would help to cover future cost-of-living increases. There will be no cost to the City of Brighton, but employers are required to vote on it. Seventy five percent of Brighton’s Fire and Police Pension Association members voted in favor of contributing an additional 2 percent increase to their pension.

— Mayor Dick McLean suggested council appoint alternate Steve Puckett to a vacant position on the Liquor Licensing Authority Board instead of interviewing him again for the position. He also suggested council look for, and interview, a candidate to serve as an alternate for the authority board. Council will take action on the item at a future meeting.

— Councilwoman Lynn Baca suggested council consider a proclamation for the 110th Adams County Fair during its next council meeting and then present it to Adams County.