Salisbury Council Accepts Budget, Appropriates Money for Attorney

SALISBURY, MD – At Monday’s meeting of the Salisbury City Council almost $700,000 was appropriated to fund legal expenses for the remainder of FY 2012.  The original ordinance called for $70,000 in additional funds for the city attorney and $565,000 to fund litigation over the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) debacle.  The bill was amended to increase funding for the city attorney by $100,000.

While councilwomen Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields had attempted to stop funding for the city attorney at first reading, both Mitchell and Shields changed their stance at this meeting.  If funds had not been appropriated the city would have been unable to enter into any contracts or pass any legislation until after July 1st.

At the same meeting the council accepted, on first reading, Mayor Jim Ireton’s proposed FY 2013.  Ireton calls for a $0.015 increase in the real property rate to fund increases in police pay as well as pay raises for his own staff.

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