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Department Directors Told To Look For More Cuts In Augusta Budget

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Gilbert Johnson was taking care of his 2013 tax business, and even though the proposed city budget is facing a more than seven million dollar shortfall, he's got his own budget issues.

"I feel I pay enough, that's it," said Johnson.

"You wouldn't want to pay any more?"

"I wouldn't want to pay any more, says Johnson.

But some city leaders do want to pay more to city workers a proposed 15 hundred dollar pay raise for all full time worker, but that carries a more than three million dollar price tag adding to the deep budget whole. 

 "We came up that 15 hundred after seven years of nothing, it was time to make that kind of impact," says City Administrator Fred Russell.

Mayor Pro-tem Corey Johnson wants to see workers get the raise but how do you pay for it.

Johnson doesn't favor a property tax increase because next year it's likely the commission will approve a the storm water fee.

"More than likely the first part of the year we will get that implemented, so to say we will raise property taxes would be unfair at this point," says Johnson.

"If you do the storm water fee too

"Yeah I wouldn't want to both at the same time," said Johnson.

So more cuts will be needed this memo from, the City Administrator has gone out to all department heads asking for the impacts of a five percent and ten percent cuts on this year's budget

"We have cut just about everywhere we can cut we maintain a very lean budget already so when you talk five percent to  ten percent level you're talking about personnel, says Marshal Steve Smith

75% percent of the city budget is pay-roll so jobs are on the table if department heads are forced to make five or ten percent cuts. 

 "What we are looking at is what option's are there to save money within the resources that you got, and obviously if you do that math that's people," says Russell.

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