Mayor proposes 3.8 percent raise in spending
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | December 31,2013
As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, the Board of Aldermen was still debating the city budget.
Mayor Christopher Louras brought a $19.7 million proposal to the board, up roughly $700,000, or 3.8 percent, from last year’s budget.
The increase was largely attributed to personnel costs, including contractual salary increases and changes to pension contributions, though there was also a new position created in the Department of Public Works and new vehicles built into the budget.
The new vehicles proved contentious at the committee level. The Public Works Committee was unable to agree on a recommendation for the full board, with motions failing because of 2-2 votes. Louras repeatedly told the board that any significant cut to the budget would have to come as cuts to the city’s workforce, and, with it, the services offered to city taxpayers.
Whatever number the board agrees on then goes on the March ballot for approval by city voters.
Visit www.rutlandherald.com for updates on the Board of Aldermen budget debate.