Bay City Budget Face-Off Continues To Heat Up 6-24-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bay City Budget Face-Off Continues To Heat Up 6-24-2010

The Bay City Commission voted to override a mayoral veto of the city’s $21.9 million general fund budget on Wednesday.
The decision was approved 7-2 during a special meeting.
Mayor Charles Brunner vetoed the budget Tuesday, just one day after commissioners approved it.
The plan includes layoffs of 21 city employees -- including 10 police officers and firefighters -- if concessions are not given by the city’s unions.
Time Running Out In Bay City Budget Battle
Brunner said he issued the veto because he didn’t want see any more cuts to public safety and that the layoffs were too dangerous.
He also asked the commission to consider using balanced funds to keep paying for public safety until contracts are ratified.
“I don’t think there is anything more important than being safe in your own home,” Brunner told WNEM TV5.
As it stands now, those layoffs will happen, unless there is a tentative deal reached between police and fire before the June 30 deadline. If an agreement can be made, officials said no pink slips will be sent out July 1.
“The budget is now passed, so it is what it is,” Brunner said during a live interview with TV5 Thursday. “The important thing -- I know our police and fire departments will do the very best they can to protect the citizens of this city.”
Count on WNEM TV5 for continuing coverage of the Bay City budget battle.
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