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Alderman Bateman reviews budget timeline

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To the editor:

I have been asked by several constituents for clarification.

On April 3rd the council was given a draft of the 2023-24 budget.

On April 6th a revised budget draft was sent out. The only change was revenue from TIF.

At this point ALL pay increases were in the budget at five percent for department heads (averaged over $4,000 each), $4,183 for non-union employees and $4,000 of Administrative Assistant for the city.

The two aldermen from Ward Four sat on this committee.

On April 17th the entire council had a workshop meeting, and 40 minutes into that meeting the question was asked about the pay raises in the budget were there any objections. None were made.

April 25th the public hearing was held with no objections to the proposed budget.

April 25th, at the voting session a vote was made to pass the budget as presented and it passed unanimously.

During the time between April 3rd- April 7th one budget committee person told at least one non-union member they were getting their raise and were worth it.

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On May 1st the motion was made to pass what was in the budget for increases and the department heads were asked if they agreed with the non-union employees’ pay increases under their department. All were unanimous in their agreement.

It was then that the budget committee person that had come up with the increases and made statements to the recipients decided to take them away.

Kevin Bateman
Ward Three Alderman
City of Lincoln

[Posted May 6, 2023]

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