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Mayor Stimpson Wants Employee Raises Next Year

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Mobile, AL - During a two and a half hour finance committee meeting, Mobile City Council members got to quiz the mayor and finance director about any part of the budget they weren't sure about.

While talking about what surplus the city might have in the amended budget, the mayor said he dislikes the idea of a one-time bonus and wants to focus on putting a raise in next year's budget--something that the city would have to plan for in years to come.

Well the bonus that's nice but it doesn't solve the problem with the city employees and that's to give them a raise,” says Sandy Stimpson.  Mayor Stimpson also encouraged council members to try and get this budget on the agenda for a vote as soon as possible.

“I’m not going to say we're running out of time but if we're still dragging around and it's July and we still have a deficit how are we going to close that gap?” asks Stimpson rhetorically.  Much of the savings to cover the current year's budget shortfall comes from calculating what the administration calls true attrition instead of budgeting for jobs that probably wouldn't be filled anyway.

“I would use the terminology the budget was being padded because they knew these positions would never be filled and this was money they could move around to do different things our approach is not to do it that way,” says Stimpson.  Councilman Fred Richardson has been skeptical of whether or not the city is in a fiscal crisis arguing that the administration isn't following certain rules when presenting their numbers.

“That you've got to first state where you're taking the money from then you've got to tell us where you're moving it to, he didn't do that,” says Fred Richardson. 

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