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Cutting Raises Generated $18,320 Surplus

By reducing the raises for nonunion administrative staff this week, the Finance Committee ended up generating an $18,320 surplus, according to Finance Department data.

All told, the final adjustments to the fiscal 2013 budget made by the resulted in a surplus of $18,320, according to data provided by the city's .

The surplus came from the reduction of raises for 19 nonunion administrative staff members. The committee slashed them from 3 percent to 2 and 1.5 percent depending on a $60,000 cutoff with those earning more getting the smaller raise.

The remainder of the adjustments made to the budget were revenue neutral.

The committee moved $3.7 million out of the police and fire operating budgets for Other Post-employment Benefit (OPEB) contributions into the long term obligations line item. This will have the effect of making police and fire operating budgets smaller by $1.85 million respectively.

$10,000 out of the Claims Committee-claimants account into a new line item to plant trees in the city.

$25,000 out of the election line item into a skilled laborer position in the Highway Department.

$220,000 into the special education contingency fund through various increases in revenues and decreases in expenditures.

For a detalied breakdown, see attached .PDFs.

We will provide a list of the 19 employees and their projected raises later today.

Don Botts May 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I wouldn't say it is a surplus, but that it reduced the overall budget by $18,320.
Boston May 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I wonder if the increase in past due debt means someone on the coucil will pay his 3 years of back taxes
Jonathan Keith May 05, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I have to agree with Don. That is not what a city should call a surplus. I am glad to see that the spending has been cut a little and we are not starting off with a deficit. I personally think that there could be a lot more cuts.
gerry larrivee May 05, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Taking money away from people who have no one to stand for them.
Joyce Maxwell May 05, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Well, nobody complained when seniors getting under $800 a month had their COLAs canceled for two years! I think if we can survive, so can the city workers.
mcam May 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
And why does anyone need a raise? They all need to maintain their current living status, and learn to live without, the way every other Cranstonian has had to do over the last three years of Fung's tax increases. How dare anyone be offered a raise after what this city has done to ordinary people. Keep the 18 grand for emergencies!!!
Steven r May 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Who gave out raises, so I can vote against them? I never met an administrator or supervisor who worked hard.

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