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Firefighters’ Pay Up as Benefits Slip

The City Council ratified a four-year contract Tuesday awarding firefighters a 4.5 percent pay raise that nevertheless fails to completely offset the rate increase in their own contributions to retirement benefits. The pact ends nearly a year of contentious negotiations with the...

City Reverses Its Red Ink

In a two-hour workshop Tuesday devoted to the city’s proposed $47 million budget, the City Council added requests for $75,000 to hire a consultant to review historic homes, $5,000 for a citizens’ emergency response training program and an unspecified amount to ongoing bike and...

Shortfalls Increase City Deficit

Due to two shortfalls in anticipated revenue, the city’s operating budget deficit will increase to nearly $1 million, pressing the City Council to decide on how to manage the red ink in a mid-year budget review this fall.  The revenue shortfall comes from two different sources....