Friday, June 21, 2013

Star-News: McCall City Manager Wants Higher Taxes, Layoffs

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

McCall's new city manager hasn't wasted any time in becoming well-known to residents of the Valley County resort community.

After only seven months on the job, Gene Drabinski has already fired the city's chief of police and now wants to lay off some city employees and hike property taxes.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that Drabinski—who as city manager holds the top office in McCall—is recommending to the McCall City Council that property taxes should be raised by 9 percent and at least five positions should be eliminated from the city's 2014 spending plan.

Drabinski points to what he calls the city's "sorely needed construction projects," including street repair and relocation of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, which will require approximately $258,000. An additional $141,000 is required to offset what Drabinski said was a large increase in health care benefits for city employees.

The Star-News reports that council members "expressed an openness" in the budget negotiations, which must be wrapped before August, when the 2014 budget must be approved.

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