August 18, 2006
On Thursday, Augusta commissioners started the process of deciding on a budget for next year.
City Administrator Fred Russell is recommending big cuts in recreation, bus service, the sheriff's department and help for arts agencies.
He says the city will save $7 million.
It will ultimately be up to the commissioners to decide what to do. The next step will be a series of workshops to talk about what goes and what stays.
The final budget has to be ready later in the fall.
District 3 commissioner Joe Bowles sent a letter to Russell Friday. He says for the city to cut his pay by 15 percent immediately. He's also proposing a 10 percent pay cut for all the other commissioners.
Bowles says he's also turning in his city gas card and city issued cell phone. He's urging other commissioners to look at that too.