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City officials cut police, fire department; want raise

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A new proposal out of Flint would give the mayor and city council a raise, totaling close to $65,000.

It comes just days after a proposal to cut 36 city police officers and 19 fire department employees.

This comes at a time when the city is trying to get rid of a nearly $13 million budget deficit.

It's just a proposal, but it's already getting people worked up.

"The note in this budget proposal is, that soon myself and council will be back operating under home rule. That's why that change is in there. I'm not sure it's right. We'll be talking about that in the coming weeks," Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said.

The proposed raise for the council members is $3,500. They'd go from $7,000 a year to $10,500. The mayor's salary would raise $27,500. He would go from making $55,000 a year to $82,500.

Now both the mayor and the city council members said this is just a proposed budget and that they're going to go through it with a fine tooth comb. Just because raises are proposed doesn't necessarily mean they'll take them.

"The city council and I are going to be going through that budget proposal line by line. And we'll be discussing administration costs verses planning, verses public works, verses public safety and all of that is going to get discussed, line by line," Walling said.

Some residents thought the raise was acceptable, but only if police and fire were not cut.

"I would rather keep all of them, if it was up to me. But it would be good and fine if they do get a raise," said Willie Calhoun, Flint resident.

Others said more action before more money.

"If they keep getting rid of all the safety devices that are installed in the city, who's going to stay here, who's going to want to stay here," said Jack Mercer, a Flint resident.

City officials said this is just the beginning of what could be a long process.

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