CLINTON — City Administrator Jeff Horne’s proposed budget amendment endorsement has been removed from the agenda for tonight’s Clinton City Council meeting.
Horne said the proposed $1 million in cuts from the city’s budget, including $300,000 or more from the fire and police departments, is just a framework at this point. He said the council will not vote on it until he has a more concrete idea of what specifically will be cut.
He said the council should be presented with a detailed breakdown of the proposed cuts during the first quarter of the year.
The cuts were first discussed during a special budget workshop meeting of the Committee of the Whole earlier this month. The city’s approved budget for the fiscal year, approved some three months prior to the meeting, was already trending negatively. Horne said the sweeping cuts are necessary to keep the budget in check. He said the city would explore all possible avenues of cost-cutting, but indicated that personnel cuts were likely.
Police Chief Brian Guy and Fire Chief Mark Regenwether indicated their respective departments would be willing to work with the city to find ways to cut costs.
The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. today at City Hall.