Commissioner Keith Grohe was the only member to caution commission prior to the 7-0 vote in favor of the budget, referring to the elimination of the estate tax next year that will cut about $400,000 from the city's revenues in 2014.
“We will need to be very specific as to (coming up with) a plan to deal with the deficit,” Grohe said.
City commissioner Pervis Brown said it didn't matter how members of the finance committee view the budget.
“We do not need their approval or disapproval on the budget,” Brown said.
Commissioners also approved two of three union contracts for city workers that include raises totaling about 5 percent over three years. The firefighters contract and the labor contract for non-safety service employees also include concessions reducing overtime pay from double-wage to time-and-a-half, and adjustments in the health benefits insurance premiums city employees pay.
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