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Council votes on amendment to eliminate 400 jobs

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The city's administration proposed an amended budget which members voted on throughout the meeting. The city's administration proposed an amended budget which members voted on throughout the meeting.
Representatives from Memphis Fire, Police, MATA and many other city employees sat in a packed council chamber. Representatives from Memphis Fire, Police, MATA and many other city employees sat in a packed council chamber.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council voted to pass an amendment that is part of councilman Jim Strickland's budget proposal which includes eliminating 400 jobs.

In the amendment, 300 jobs were eliminated through attrition and another 100 through layoffs. Strickland said eliminating jobs through attrition will save $15.75 million.

Council members made several other decision during a marathon budget session that started at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tax dollars have been at the center of the fight as the council works to finalize a budget before a possible state takeover – as threatened in a state comptroller's letter.

The city's administration has proposed an amended budget which members voted on throughout the meeting. The proposal included more than $65 million dollars in cuts or proposed savings.

Representatives from Memphis Fire, Police, MATA and many other city employees sat in a packed council chamber. The crowd overflowed in the lobby of city hall.

The proposed budget calls for a property tax increase from the current base rate of $3.11 per hundred of assessed value to $3.51.

The council voted to:

FAIL -- A 4.6 percent pay increase for city employees ... Members voted six to six.

PASS -- Adding 15 red light cameras to the city.

PASS -- The expanding 150 speed cameras to school zones/neighborhoods ... Council voted 8-2 to on this proposal. Myron Lowery proposed that 15 red light cameras and 150 speed cameras added to the city would help offset costs.

PASS -- An amendment eliminating 400 city jobs. One hundred through layoffs and 300 through attrition – where positions of resigned and retired workers are not replaced. It was pointed out that the city currently has 460 vacant or unfilled positions.

In addition, it was voted to restore $226,000 to the music commission, and cut $250,000 from EDGE. They also voted to keep their catering and travel budget.

The council still has a lot to decide. They will meet again next Tuesday. Members want to pass a budget before fiscal year 2014 which begins July 1.

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