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Trenton City Budget Approved, Layoffs Still Possible

Though a budget has been approved, contract negotiations between city administrators and police and fire continue.

Trenton City Council members approved the 2012-13 budget Monday night at , which will likely jumpstart contract negotiations with police and fire according to City Administrator Jim Wagner.

Though the , Wagner said layoffs could still be possible.

"There are no layoffs at the present time," Wagner said. "If we get contracts that are workable, and based upon the assumptions of the budget, there will be no layoffs."

Wagner added he and other Trenton officials have set meetings with police and fire personnel to try to come to an agreement.

The Budget

To balance the budget after council members included a tax increase of three mills. The increase would be the equivalent of about $3 per $1,000 of taxable property value for residents.

The increase did not require a vote by residents because a limited number of mills are allowed for regular city services like garbage pickup and emergency services. Trenton has not exceeded the cap, though the increase has has brought the city very close.

The budget requires taking $250,000 from the fund balance, but Wagner said the important thing is that people get to keep their jobs.

To maintain the budget, Wagner said the city has been placed on an indefinite hiring freeze for full and part-time positions, except for seasonal employees.

Trenton Fire Chief Bruce Vick's was not approved in the budget.

"I think the council had a very difficult time, based upon the current economy and the issues that the city faced ... they did not take it lightly, they took it seriously," Wagner said.

michelle May 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Jason, you are cute. I work in the financial services industry in Southfield. I just love my city and what it offers. If you want less go live in a city that is cheaper. :-) You get what you pay for. I do feelf or you and all teachers. You should know more than anyone what losing tax revenues does. Unfortunately teachers are usually one of the first to get hit when the districts lose money. It is a stinking shame. I would think you would understand more than anyone why we need help with the taxes. Also, I was not upset by your correction. I make errors and was actually really happy to see that I was wrong in a good way. :-) I was thanking you. I made my point even better. I really do wish you well and sorry to hear all you have been going through. I have personally been blessed with a good job and have not been hit hard. I know many who have. With a small city with limited resources any cuts are going to seem huge here. I hope you get where I am coming from. Losing one police officer, one teacher, one firefighter, etc. is a lot larger than when it happens in a bigger city with more people. A cut in a larger city percentage wise doesn't make a huge difference. I see you propose cutting the garbage service out. How much would that save the city and then how much do we then have to pay later for outside services? I just don't think it is that simple and that we can cut a lot more.
Kelly Grignon May 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
not until we have reached our millage cap. We are still under than amount. If they feel the need to raise it above that cap then the residents will need to approve it.
Kelly Grignon May 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
well said Michelle. I agree with the last thing you said " Show up at the meetings and present your ideas. Just put yourself in the shoes of those you want to cut, the residents and the kids in the schools."
michelle May 23, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Living in Trenton longer doesn't make me more important, just more vested in the city. My parents graduated from Trenton, I did and so will my son. I am not saying I am more important, just that I may care a little more. I will fight for something I love and I love my city.
Maribeth May 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Nate, it seems like a lot if people don't understand that the tax increase doesn't need to be voted on. It is part of a millage that was already voted on years ago!

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