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Councilman Mushett voices concerns about several aspects of proposed city budget

Scott Seitz2 • Nov 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Councilman Chris Mushett voiced a number of concerns after reviewing the proposed budget for a few days.

Mushett's first issue was with the proposed 2-percent wage increase for employees.

"It seems like a lot of the budget is financed on a somewhat positive projection of income tax revenue," Mushett said. "That's a pretty fragile thing."

The cost of those 2-percent wage increases, including fringe benefits, along with other step increases will cost about $140,000 next year, if city council approves.

"I'm also concerned about losing employees to attrition," he said. "That means fewer employees are called upon to provide services. What impact will that have on services?"

A story about these and other concerns voiced by Mushett was published in the Reflector.

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