The Mayor sent a 3 page Memo that out lined what was going to take place on September 13. He gave a 3 year budget plan to the council showing the changes that he was going to make. You can read some of what he had in that memo here now this coming Friday the city was supposed to be closed. That was going to happen because of the furlough day that he was implementing. This is what he told the council he was going to do along with 10% cut in pay, and a take 10% pay decreases for his self. The council voted to put the Headlee Override on the ballot based on the cuts the Mayor was going to be making. There is more to save with closing the city one day a week besides just the savings in salaries. You can not for get the savings in electricity, water, and gas savings, Mr. Mayor in utilities bills and those savings could be in the thousands by the end of the year. “Everything is on the table” or so you said any way just trying to keep you guys up on the latest in what is happening.
How things have changed since that Tuesday council meeting and even since the August 29th memo. The Mayor still has not taken the 10% pay cut. He put into place furlough days and now has changed his mind and has to meet with the AFSCME Union. If the furlough day is on hold then I would assume that the 10% cut for department heads is on hold. There are town hall meetings on September 20th and I think the other is on September 26th. I am very curious to hear from council members what they have to say about the Mayor now changing his mind.
Friday is the day the city is supposed to close, wondering if he (the Mayor) is still going to go ahead with that or not. If there is a plan in place and employees have been notified how can you than go and change that. What does he expect the AFSCME Union employees to do? Does he plan on keeping the city open and asking AFSCME Union employees to take a 10% pay cut. With a furlough day at least they would have a chance to get a job that would make up for the loss of salary from having to take a furlough day. It’s not great but it is better than nothing. With the First town hall meeting just around the corner the plan he has in place should be the plan that he is going forward with. I hope as many of you that can get to the town hall meeting will attend.