Tight Budget Year Ahead for Columbia City Council - DatelineCarolina

Tight Budget Year Ahead for Columbia City Council

by Janet Parker

The number of Columbia city employees and their salaries will be a big topic for the city council's 2008-2009 budget discussioins beginning this week.

City Council members are questioning employees' salaries as well as the management practices of city manager Charles Austin.

Austin sets the salaries for city employees but city council members must approve the budget and evaluate Austin's leadership.

Wednesday's council meeting will cover:

  • Adding 275 employees to the city's police department.
  • Salaries for employees. More than 300 make more than $50,000 a year.
  • Department funding. Council members have promised to move money around in the budget to better fund basic services

To view last years budget visit the City of Columbia 2007-2008 Budget Report.

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