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

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

"As (City Clerk Betsy Roy)so eloquently stated, it is a Band-Aid," Helt said. "The budget before us says we are inefficient and we're not doing our job."

However, Councilman Shannon Hayes contended that taxpayers would accept the .25 percent increase rather than have services curtailed or eliminated.

Ultimately, “this proposal does not fix our inherent problems," Roy said.

Helt agreed, and asked department heads to revise the budget.

Helt’s suggestion to eliminate $277,000 for city employee dependent insurance was omitted from Roy's proposed budget. Helt had said it was unfair to ask taxpayers who couldn't afford insurance for their own families to buy it for city employees' families.

Helt had also suggested eliminating four police positions funded by a soon-expiring grant. However, Police Chief Tony Taylor said the grant’s terms obligate the city to retain the officers for at least a year after it expires.

Though department heads each expressed dissatisfaction with their respective budgets, each said they would accept them, although reductions will affect their operational capabilities.

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