Final budget workshop set; latest proposal won't 'fix ... problems'

Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 02:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — City leaders have set one more workshop to finalize Crestview's 2013-14 budget and millage rate before a formal public hearing at 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

City Council members and other officials expressed frustration that the most recent proposed budget, presented during a Wednesday workshop, is just a "Band-Aid” for larger problems.

The latest proposal

Using a 5.8466 millage rate set before the budgeting process began — an increase from the current 5.5966 — department heads had started with a $538,166 deficit.

Savings were found in several areas, including furloughing all city employees for 32 hours during the fiscal year. Other suggested cost-cutting measures are as follows:

•Transferring $288,328 from the sanitation fund to the general fund.

•Firefighters voluntarily giving up $57,180 in incentive pay.

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