Brentwood: Alderman mull decision on raises for city employees or more police officers

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 6:40 PM

BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KMOV) – The Brentwood board of alderman is scheduled to meet Monday night to discuss giving raises to city employees or hiring three new police officers.

Some city leaders have said that the city’s budget situation is too shaky to spend the money on raises. Other say public safety is a high priority and if the chief sees a need for more officers, maybe that should be the top priority.

For his part, Chief Steve Disbennett has said he does not want city employees to be denied a raise to fund the new officers.

Only recently, the city was in a position that it would have to use some of the money budgeted for the raises to replenish its reserve fund until more tax revenue than expected came in from a TIF project, which was used instead.

The raises for city employees would be a three-percent merit raise, but the cumulative cost is unclear. If the city decides to hire three additional officers, that would add $225,000 to the annual budget.

 

 

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