The city will, however, have added expenses with equipment replacement, particularly in the information technology department, and vehicle purchases.
Some department heads requested 3-percent raises for their employees, but Brown said the city would not consider raises at this time.
"Once we get our set of books (in order) and look at where we are, and we get our audit with our findings and corrections, we will have another time, when we revise our budget, that we will deal with those kind of issues," Brown said.
City employees received a 5-percent raise in
Gray said the city needs to look at raising salaries for longtime employees who have not received a decent raise in years.
"For an employee to work at this city for years and make
The proposed IT budget jumped nearly
The proposed budget, however, could not be a true picture of how much the IT department will need. Bowser said some of his calculations for IT's increased budget might be accounted for in other departments that currently pay for their own IT needs.
The department heads were asked about their individual IT needs, in an effort for the city's administration to get a handle an IT expenses for the city.
Bowser and Brown agreed that it would be best if IT needs were handled strictly out of the IT budget.
The increased IT budget includes hardware and software purchases, including replacing the city's server, which is approximately 70-percent full. The remaining small amount of capacity is limiting the IT department's ability to provide IT services to departments, Bowser said.
The traffic department's proposed approximately
Natchez Public Works' proposed approximately
Preliminary approximate budgets for other departments include:
Brown noted that the budget requests include everything department heads would like in their budgets, but could be cut during the budgeting process.
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