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