Staunton's city manager, Stephen Owen, revealed his proposed 2015 budget to council Thursday night.
It calls for a 2 percent raise for all employees and several new positions, including a PR person for the city and an IT technician for the Police Department.
But the budget is not without cuts. Seven fire and rescue positions are on the chopping block, as well as a librarian. The city would also keep libraries closed on Sundays and put the brakes on countless maintenance projects.
"We've asked all of the departments to submit what they need to run their departments sufficiently and effectively, and then we go back to them and we say ‘we can't do all of this.’ So we have to make a lot of hard choices and this budget has been no exception,” Owen said.
The budget does include an extra $330,000 requested by the schools, but Owen is advising against it.
Council is holding a budget work session next Thursday.
Thursday, July 24 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:06:07 GMT
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