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No Decision from Judge in City Pay Raise Case

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A lawsuit by city workers to force a pay raise will continue on in court.

Today at a hearing…. Lawyers for workers asked a judge to force Mayor Sandy Stimpson to immediately implement the 2-and-a-half percent pay-raise passed in the budget last fall. They claim the mayor must carry-out the budget presented by former Mayor Sam Jones and passed by the City Council.

When Sandy Stimpson became mayor he announced the pay-hikes would not go into effect on the first of the year as scheduled. Three City workers and a workers union sued, saying the raises were approved in the budget and the mayor had no right to stop them.

“The council, not the mayor, but the city council, gets the chance to make a budget and approve a budget for the city, and not the mayor,” said union attorney Phillip Leslie.

The matter was discussed in circuit court today. The City claims the mayor has discretion over all expenses and is legally bound to make sure the City stays in the black.

“The mayor of the city did exactly what he had to do to forestall the coming deficit and the mayor is the CEO, he’s the executive for this city so he has certain discretionary rights,” said City Attorney Ricardo Woods.

The Workers wanted a judge to order the mayor to immediately implement the raise. The City wanted the lawsuit thrown out. Neither happened today. Instead the judge called for written arguments to be submitted within two weeks.

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