The Columbus City Council met Aug. 24 to take action on appropriations requests for the FY16 budget year. While no requests were reduced, only four were funded at anything over their FY15 levels: the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Contact Helpline, World Changers and Building Bridges of Hope Foundation.
The council also found money to give a bailiff a raise, as well as approving additional funds for the summer youth program.
By the end of the morning, the city’s FY16 deficit stood at $176,410.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Robert Smith asked the council to approve a $2 per hour raise for bailiff Grady Jaynes. He said Jaynes wrote a letter asking for the raise.
Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin made a motion to approve the raise, and was seconded by Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor.
“This is not a lot of money,” Gavin said.
“If we get some more letters like this, what are we going to do?” asked Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens.
“We’re finalizing everything now, Councilman,” Smith said.
“But if we get other letters, are we going to give other people raises?” Mickens asked.
“It’ll come to the council,” Smith said. “That’s all I can answer.”
“I don’t want to get into picking who gets raises,” Mickens said.
“If someone else comes up, it’s up to the council,” Smith repeated.
“When somebody comes up, it seems we give some raises and some we don’t,” Mickens said.
“Are you finished?” Smith asked.
“Yes,” Mickens said.
“We’re not talking about a lot, a lot of money,” Gavin said.0