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Harrisburg City Council approves budget but cuts many salaries

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Harrisburg City Council approved a budget for 2014 Tuesday night, but several people in city hall are not happy about it, including the mayor.

Council introduced amendments that cut the salaries of several positions. Council president Wanda Williams and councilwoman Sandra Reid wanted the salaries to be at 2013 levels, especially after the police and fire unions made contract concessions.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse said it was Harrisburg politics as usual.

"I'm essentially baffled by what Council did," Papenfuse said. "I think that they essentially punitively decreased salaries of existing city managers and then took that money and went right ahead and spent it on a position we already have in the budget."

But Williams said it was unfair to the workers in city government to have managers getting such big salaries.

"We had a crisis going on in the city of Harrisburg," she said. "We don't feel comfortable just opening the checkbook and saying, 'hey you can write a check for $79,000 for a job?' We don't even know the skills of some of the people he wants to hire."

The budget still has to be approved by the state-appointed receiver.


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