BALLINGER - The Ballinger City Council adopted a $5.4 million budget on Monday evening which included a raise for City Manager Bryan Grimes.

BALLINGER - The Ballinger City Council adopted a $5.4 million budget on Monday evening which included a raise for City Manager Bryan Grimes.

Grimes, who has been city manager since 2014, has not had a raise since he began the job. Included in the budget, was a $10,000 raise, which brings his salary to $92,000 annually.

During his tenure as Ballinger’s city manager, he has brokered a plan to acquire water from Lake Fort Phantom in Clyde. In January, the city was approved for a $3 million grant from the Texas Water Development Board, which is for the design and development portion of the project.

In March of 2016, the city applied for a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase 1,250 acre feet of water from Lake Fort Phantom through the City of Clyde and for a 75-mile pipeline to transport the water to Ballinger.

Grimes is also credited with getting much needed work done on Ballinger streets and most recently in the city park.

Councilman Phillip Arp, who has been on the council for 12 years, said Grimes' raise was well deserved.

“There is no way we could have gotten the water deal where it is today without Bryan,” Arp said. “With his expertise and his connections in Austin, we have accomplished that. Plus, we’ve paved more streets and done more work. And when we see what other city managers are making in this area we wanted to be competitive. We want to keep Bryan.”

According to the Texas City Management Association, the city manager in Clyde makes $95,000 annually and the position in Eldorado pays $85,000 annually as does the position in San Saba. The city manager in Llano, makes $92,700.

Grimes said he was very appreciative of the raise.

“I am appreciative of the Ballinger City Council have trust in me,” Grimes said Tuesday. “The citizens here are great and the businesses are supportive. I am humbled and honored. This is a great job that no one should take lightly, I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

On Friday, Grimes was named as one of two finalists for the city administrator’s position in Willow Park, according to the Weatherford Democrat. There was no word at press time as to who was named the lone finalist.