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PoliCon
08-04-2009, 12:01 AM
Don't get too excited - it's only a couple of municipalities in Arizona - but Kudos to them for doing so!


Officials cut their expenses, salaries

by Lynh Bui - Aug. 2, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

As cities trim budgets during the recession, elected officials across the Valley are taking a second look at their own expenses.

The Tempe mayor and City Council refused a 3.5 percent scheduled pay increase. Gilbert town officials are considering changes to council perks such as mileage reimbursements. And when Mesa's municipal workers took a 2 percent pay cut, so did elected officials.

While council and mayoral budgets are often small compared with multimillion-dollar citywide budgets, some officials say it is important to give their own spending scrutiny to show support for municipal employees.

In Scottsdale, the budget for the mayor and City Council is 16 percent smaller compared with last year. The cost of food and refreshments provided to the council before meetings was cut in half - by $10,500 - and the travel budget was reduced by $6,000.

CONTINUED (http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2009/08/02/20090802nepay0802.html)

A first step on the right road.

Rockntractor
08-04-2009, 12:03 AM
We are still doomed you know!