Benton Harbor considers new cost-cutting proposals

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Benton Harbor is taking major steps to save money in the city.

Emergency financial manager Tony Saunders announced this week that the city has negotiated a new contract with its police union.

WSJM reports that police have taken an 8 percent pay cut, eliminated holiday pay and re-worked the way overtime pay is calculated. That adds up to savings of a $170,000 a year.

According to WSJM, the Public Works Department and the Water Department are looking at a similar contract, and the departments will also be merged together.

Benton Harbor commissioners are looking at cost-saving ideas too, proposing annual pay cuts of up to $20,000 for the city's highest paid employees.
Commissioner Duane Seats suggests cutting the assistant city manager pay to $65,000, the public safety director to $88,500, and the EFM’s executive assistant salary to $50,000.

Saunders says he likes the spirit of the resolution but doesn't agree with the pay cuts.

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