The South Bend Common Council was busy crunching numbers Wednesday night during the first of its 2013 budget hearings.
The city faces several challenges in the coming year as departments continue to try to do more with less.
During their presentations, department heads said that it is difficult to keep up with the workload at their current staffing levels.
“If we're going to retain the talent and I think if two percent that's going to be the bottom line, it could be a reasonable percentage,” said City Controller Mark Neal
”I think when people look around at the pay levels of south bend employees they're not comparable to the private sector, but in some areas fall below what would be average or median salaries throughout the state,” said council member Karen White.
South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg, plans to give a portion of his salary back to the general fund in 2013.
The council has several more budget hearings planned before they approve spending.
Residents are encouraged to attend.