Mayor Richard Langrell says city spends too much, but City Manager Mike Kee said workforce has shrunk
By Pat Caldwell
The Baker City Budget Committee will kick off a series of meetings tonight to review the city's financial plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Along with the tonight's 6 o'clock session at City Hall, 1655 First St., budget meetings are slated for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at the same time and place, if needed. The budget committee consists of the City Council and seven citizen members.
The city staff will present an overall, proposed budget of about $19 million andndash; including $5.9 in the general fund account, which includes the police and fire departments and city administration.
At least one member of the council said Friday that he will be going into the sessions with one specific goal.
"The employee costs are still out of line," Mayor Richard Langrell said. "And even though last year the City Council's No. 1 goal was to reduce employee costs, the city manager has not followed the council's goals."
Kee said that at least as far as he is concerned the city has addressed personnel costs.
"I think we are doing a real decent job controlling labor costs," he said.
See more in Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald.