Employee raises and property tax increases are now off the table

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AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Augusta city employees will not be getting a $500 raise next year. It was one of the first things to go as leaders debated for hours and the finally approved a 2014 budget.

They voted to use $4.5 million from the city's savings account, cut all city departments by 2.4 percent, while also getting rid of tax increases for property owners and companies that produce energy.

The commission was split with majority not wanting to tax industries more for fear of losing jobs.

"The challenge for this administration and this government is to cut spending, until it matches the level of income," said Commissioner Donnie Smith.

"We have eight months to work on it if we need to. at that time, we spent a couple of hours on it, we've taken several votes and couldn't pass anything. I thought it was time to move on," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Leaders will work to determine which city services should be cut and by how much.


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