Their next meeting is Tuesday, October 27th at 3 p.m. but the budget is not on the agenda and there is not a budget meeting scheduled for this week. Bossier City Clerk Helen Thornton says there is not a budget workshop scheduled at this time.
To make up a more than $6-million deficit in the 2010 budget, Mayor Lo Walker proposed cutting more than 100 city jobs, 80 of which would come from the city's police and fire departments.
A source close to the situation tells NBC 6 News Bossier City Police Officers have been asked not to attend, even if they are off duty. You may remember many of them came to last week's city council meeting, but were not allowed to speak. Officers' families and members of the public are still planning to attend.
City Council member Darby proposes the city look at taking some of the following measures before cutting public safety positions:
-10-percent salary reduction of all department heads
-freeze hiring for all vacant positions
-cease all off site training
-keep city vehicles on-site, with some exceptions like emergency personnel
-increase department head duties, in turn increasing productivity
-hire a consulting firm to evaluate city salaries
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