Prattville Mayor Says Cuts Have Saved $6 Million
Those choices left many residents and city employees up in arms due to a lack of money.Gillespie says now all of the deep cuts have paid off, reducing their $62 million-dollar debt by $6 million.
Last year sales tax was raised by one percent, waste water fees increased, city employees were forced to take three furlough days, and a hiring freeze was issued.
He's hoping to cut another one million dollars from the 2012 $40.2 million dollar budget that was recently passed.
He says that would offset the revenue that will be lost when the one sent sales tax increase is dropped by one half at the end of the year.
"In the past when you've had more employees, more financial dollars, more sources available to you, you could be a little more relaxed, but now that everything is more tightened up, we have to be watching every area as close as we can," said Mayor Bill Gillespie.
Mayor Gillespie says he would also like the city council to reduce the mayor's salary by $10,000. He says if it can save one job, it's worth it.