Could a budget shortfall cut into a proposed pay raise for Augusta city workers?
Next year's proposed budget is calling for a $1,500 across-the-board pay raise for full-time city workers. But, with a $3 million price tag, and a nearly $8 million shortfall, some are suggesting that only the lower paid workers get a raise. City Administrator Fred Russell, though, doesn't support that approach.
"That would be a policy decision that the Commission could make. Once again, that's not something I would recommend. I don't think that's fair to everybody who works hard every day. That's a policy decision they could make and if that's what they want, that's what they will do," Russell says.
City department leaders have been told to submit a list of cuts, representing five and ten percent of this year's budget, for Commissioners to consider.
Russell says, if Commissioners go that route, some people could be laid off.
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