Elkhart city council ready for final budget decisions
Posted: 10/02/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Truth Staff
The council will meet on Oct. 15 to adopt the 2013 budget, which is about $1.9 million lighter than the 2012 budget following a series of budget cutting moves proposed by Moore and tentatively approved by the council.
The council cannot add to the budget, but could seek further cuts when it meets Oct. 15.
The city is facing yet another year of declining property tax revenues.
Moore sought a monthly trash fee to offset the loss of revenues, but that plan was blocked by the council.
A handful of ordinances the council tabled Monday night dealt primarily with salaries of elected officials and city workers.
Under Moore’s plan, a furlough program would be implemented. Police and fire personnel would face a three-day furlough and other city workers would face a five-day furlough.
Some Republican council members have expressed a dislike for the furlough plan and union representatives for fire and police have threatened court action if it is implemented.