New City Budget is Good and Bad News for Mobilians

New City Budget is Good and Bad News for Mobilians

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MOBILE, Ala. -

City employees are happy to hear the news.

"I'm excited that we got it. I haven't had a raise since I've been here, so I really was looking forward to it," said Janice Carr.

After 7 years with no pay increase, Mobile City Council voted to give an across the board raise of 2.5 percent.

"We all need money in these economic times, nowadays," said Lori Dickenson.

But not every council member was onboard. Bess Rich and John Williams voted against it. Both concerned about there not being enough money in the budget for the raises.

"What I wanted to see in this budget was a recognition that our capitol needs are growing, and we continue to ignore them," said city council member John Williams.

Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson recently told News 5 that he agrees.

"I think it will be very difficult at this time to give employee raises. I've said that on the campaign, if it's anybody that deserves it. They are deserving of it, based on the financial situation of the city, you know, I have a real question mark on whether we can do that," said Stimpson.

The approved budget takes effect October 1st. If he sees fit, the new mayor can amend the budget, even after it's approved. But instead of needing only 4 votes to pass, he would have to have the majority of the council backing him, with 5 votes to pass the budget.

The majority of mobilians I spoke with believe a raise is long overdue.

"Probably boost moral. They haven't had anything in seven years and the cost of living has been much higher than that in seven years, so I think they should get it," said Robert Constantine.

"I think it's a great idea. It's gonna help boost the economy, give people more money to spend. All in all, keep people happy. Have our city working really good," said Johnathan Balzai.

Sandy Stimpson will swear in as Mayor of Mobile on November 4th.

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