Morris won't seek special budget meeting

Mayor Bob Morris said he sees no reason to call a special City Council meeting to consider the new fiscal year’s budget.

“I think special meetings are a subterfuge of the spirit of public meetings, and besides we have six months to get the budget done,” he said.

State law provides that if a budget is not adopted by July 1, the can proceed for six months with 50 percent of the current budget.

Morris intends to re-submit a budget at the July 8 council meeting.

He said it will retain the $12,000 raise he has asked for an a 5 percent raise for persons making $8 an hour or less and supervised by him.

The council voted 3-2 this month to remove Morris’ raise and the employee raise and substitute a 3 percent raise across-the-board.

The mayor said the proposed budget has been rewritten to include $10,000 more for the Southeast Center, $52,000 more for the library and $50,000 for new police cars, all items agreed to by the council this month.

Morris said his proposal will retain the mayoral pay raise “because I still believe I deserve it.

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