BASALT - Count Basalt Town Councilman Herschel Ross among employees who have received a paycheck in 2013 and noticed how the expiration of a 2010 payroll tax cut has hit their pocketbook.
At a Tuesday council meeting, Ross asked Town Finance Director Judi Tippetts why his paycheck was reduced. Ross quipped that he thought maybe someone thought he was no longer doing a good job.
Not so, Tippetts said. The reason for the reduction is that the payroll tax cut was not addressed by the legislation that ended the fiscal-cliff debate. Therefore, she said, Social Security payroll taxes went back to their pre-2010 rate.
More employees will be experiencing the reduction in their take-home pay when they receive their first checks of 2013.
Ross countered the reduction with humor.
"When I was saying Basalt had to tighten its belt, I didn't mean me," he said, drawing a laugh from the other board members and staff.