Did the city really pass the 2014 budget?

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- One Augusta Commissioner tells News 12, City Administrator Fred Russell has got to go because of the way the 2014 budget was passed.

"I don't think the budget was passed yesterday. We just voted on something," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

"The budget did pass. We can come back and amend," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.

You can call this a re-run from yesterday's budget episode. The nearly two-hour gridlock caused leaders to shake their heads, lean back with folded arms before an agreement was reached.

"We spent several hours and couldn't pass anything. It was time to move on," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

They finally agreed and voted, but after it passed, Russell wanted to add some of the fine print. He proposed adding a requirement for department heads to determine how they would cut their budget's by 2.4 percent. Russell also wanted to add that any increases in fees won't be effective, until they're brought back to the commission.

"We delivered a balanced budget. He read into the minutes some of the changes have to happen. There was no dollars put with it," said Commissioner Jackson.

"I can add something to it then. Anybody can add something to a vote. The budget is really not passed. The law says we have must have a balanced budget," said Commissioner Williams.

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