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Despite the uncertainty of the economy due to the pandemic, the Buckeye City Council approved hiring for nine full-time and two part-time positions, as well as increasing two part-time water department positions to full time. 

These nine positions were requested at the Buckeye City Council Jan. 5 meeting. Five positions were requested in development services, and four positions were requested in engineering. 

“These nine positions will help the staff meet the demands of the increasing work volume this year,” said Human Resources Director Nancy Love. 

Despite closures and slowdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in Buckeye have been doing well, according to information provided by the city. 

In June 2020, retail taxes received by the city increased 26% over June 2019. July through November was even better, with each month retail taxes increasing 45% over the same months of 2019.

Even taxes from restaurant and bar sales increased between 8% and 27% from June through November, compared to the same months in 2019.

 The five development positions and salaries include a Planner I position with a salary of $52,596, Permit Technician I with a salary of $41,821, Building Inspector I with a salary of $47,041 and Building Inspector II with a salary of $49,647.

The four engineering positions include a Permit Technician I with a salary of $41,821, Permit Technician II with a salary of $43,838, Project Engineer with a salary of $67,722 and Plan Review Manager with a salary of $71,703. 

The water department also requested that two current part-time customer service representative positions be turned into full-time positions. The difference between these two positions is $50,658 for six months, including salary, taxes and benefits. The water department will be funding these positions through vacancy savings from positions that have not been filled. 

“With the growth of all the single-family permits coming into the city comes more water customers, as well as they also service business,” said Love.

“Now that we are seeing that the budget has increased and we have seen an increase in the workload, we have to be able to pivot more like a business and make sure we’re bringing on the positions so that we’re able to sustain service,” said Mayor Eric Osborn.