Evansville Council Finance Chair gave a statement on proposed 2021 budget

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) City Council Finance Chair Ron Beane says he will not be voting for any of the proposed amendments to the 2021 budget. This includes amendments to add $15 for insurance per city employee per month as well as a 2% pay cut for all city employees that are not fire or police.

“Coronavirus has hit our entire community and it’s made it difficult for many families,” Beane said. “I just think it’s a horrible time to ask people to take a pay cut.”

Earlier this week, Council President Alex Burton proposed an amendment that would move funds from the police department’s budget, but wouldn’t lower the amount of funding they receive.

Beane said he does not support the amendment, and said the only request for funding reduction from the police department came from Councilman Jonathan Weaver. Weaver has requested a three percent funding cut to the city’s budget.

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(This story was originally published on September 17, 2020)

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