Village of Vinton leaders argue over budget

Village of Vinton leaders argue over budget
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 9:01pm

The Village of Vinton met Tuesday night to discuss their budget and as has been the case in previous meetings council was unable to come to an agreement on the budget.

There was plenty of shouting between members of council and the mayor as three alderpersons would like to trim the budget by cutting employee salaries and getting rid of community events like a parade and a health fair.

Some of the proposed salary reductions would be large percentages that in some cases would be more than 30 percent of an employees pay.

"Up to $80,000 and $90,000 for one person and others that are down the line," said Mayor Pro Tem Juvencia Rios-Ontiveros. "We cannot in all good faith accept those high salaries."

Rios-Ontiveros along with Maria Medina and Martha Garcia feel the salaries are too high compared to what other cities are paying for those positions.

"They have their bachelor's degrees and are professionals," said Mayor Madeleine Praino. "It's incredibly offensive to ask them for cuts."

Vinton has already reduced employees to a total of six that are being stretched thin and doing the jobs of up to five people.

Rios-Ontiveros said salaries should be comparable to what other border cities pay.

As originally proposed without cuts, Vinton's budget would have a surplus of nearly $400,000.

Last year they were unable to reach a compromise and did not pass a budget.

The village now faces a property tax increase.

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