Our planning department is relatively small (17 persons inc. fire marshall, inspections, planning, community development, permitting, and zoning.) We are looking to get one more person in the office who can work on a variety of small programs that we are building.
An opportunity arose to partner with the state in getting a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control person -- under this arrangement the state would pay 60% of the salary and we would pay 40%. Given the current economy we are under budget constraints so I am looking for any other sources of money that might be used to fund the other 40%.
Anyone know of creative ways to fund this position without enacting new fees or dipping into the budget?
One idea we had was to assign this person building rehab tasks and maybe there would be some housing grants that could contribute to the position's salary. I really don't know and am in search of some creative thinking on this one. Thank you!