The Mobile City Council begins the unenviable job of parsing the budget Tuesday.Outgoing Mayor Sam Jones made employee raises part of his budget proposal and says they have the money to do it.
“We have proposed that, it is already part of the budget so there's no reason why they shouldn't,” said Jones in an interview on the 10th.Incoming Mayor Sandy Stimpson is skeptical.
“I think it would be very difficult at this time to do raises, I said it during the campaign if there's anyone who deserves a raise its them based on the financial situation of the city I have a real question mark of whether we can do that,” said Stimpson during an interview on the 17th.He reserved further comment on the budget until next week.
The city's finance committee met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the budget. Sam Jones reiterated his support for the raises saying they have properly budgeted for it. The budget wasn't changed during the meeting. Councilman John Williams wanted administration officials to explore the possibility of giving raises to retirees also. Administration officials say state law may force them to do a minimum increase for retirees of 7%--thus making such a raise for retirees unaffordable.