MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mayor Sam Jones proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year has been made public. Jones held a news conference Wednesday morning, August 21.
There are two new main points in the budget, including a 2.5 percent pay raise for city employees.
"Our departments have consistently operated under budget. They've intentionally done that. They've tried to be as conservative as they could with expenditures; and as a result, they didn't spend all the money they gave," Jones said.
When asked about the timing of the pay raise announcement, Jones said this: "We've been talking about it way before the election, since last year."
We asked candidate Sandy Stimpson his opinion on the city budget.
"I was not surprised by it. It's been seven years. I just wonder where the mayor's been the last seven years, and his support of his employees," Stimpson said.
We asked Stimpson whether, if elected, he would also look to give city employees raises.
"I'll be fighting tooth and nail to give them a raise. Without having more info, it's a little premature for me to say what we can do and not knowing what the city council is going do," said Stimpson.
Stimpson has also offered a $200,000 bonus pool for employees who come up with revenue generating ideas for the city. Jones said last year, each city employee got a one-thousand dollar longevity payment.
The city council has until October 1 to pass a budget.
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