State Satisfied with Memphis City Council's Budget Progress

State Satisfied with Memphis City Council's Budget Progress

The Memphis City Council is no longer in the dog house. State Comptroller Justin Wilson sent another letter to city officials. This time, he says he's satisfied with what the council and other city leaders are now doing to fix Memphis' financial mess.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Memphis City Council is no longer in the dog house. State Comptroller Justin Wilson sent another letter to city officials. This time, he says he's satisfied with what the council and other city leaders are now doing to fix Memphis' financial mess.

That's just the news City Council Budget Chairman Jim Strickland wanted to hear.

"Oh, I think it's a huge deal," he said. "We've been working for a couple of months now on trying to get everything correct under state law and satisfy the comptroller."

If Justin Wilson wasn't satisfied, he told city council members he could and possibly would set the budget for them. He says they made big moves, especially on long term problems such as the city's debt of more than one billion dollars.

"The issues the comptroller brought up were some issues some of us on the council have been bringing up for years. So it was really no surprise that those issues were issues."

Basically the heavy lifting has been done. The cuts needed were made; the other cuts, getting rid of 400 city employees, all done.

But there's still one big issue out there. It's whether council members change their minds and vote to give workers back the 4.6 percent pay cut.

"If the pay raise, or the restoration is added, taxes will have to go up or we will have to cut in other areas. We'll see what works out," Strickland said.

City Councilman Lee Harris is expected to try and bring the pay cut issue up, but he might not be able to do it. He wasn't at the last vote, and some say only those who voted against it can bring it up again.

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