Budget Still Not Ready

Budget Still Not Ready

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Mobile, AL - At Mobile City Council finance committee meeting it was hoped city finance director Paul Wesch would present the mayor's final amended budget proposal.  It’s not done yet. 

“There's a lot of things that are going to come into play on this till it's all completed and every department has turned in final numbers I can't speculate on what the end result is going to be,” says Mayor Sandy Stimpson.  So far city raises are the only thing of significance we know are on the chopping block.

Besides that, the finance director says departments have been repeatedly resending their changed budgets and they're not talking about cuts just yet.

“Still dealing with the options on the table but until we get the departmental budgets finalized we can't really go there,” says Finance Director Paul Wesch.  Part of the delay is the new way the administration is allowing departments to formulate their budgets.  In previous years departments would primarily change their operational budget while leaving the personnel side relatively unchanged.  Now they can build from the ground up calculating with both sides of their budget.

“Look and understand their personnel authorizations and note when they'd fill positions and when they didn't according to their mission,” says Public Works Director Bill Harkins.  So far department heads are just talking about savings.  Police Chief James Barber says they found roughly 47 positions in the department which were funded but unfilled and were using that money to pay for roughly 20 positions that were filled but unfunded.

“No, there's no proposal to lay off anybody or do any job cuts,” says Barber. 

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