Council Slashes Budget Deficit & Moves Forward on City Manager Selection

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Council Slashes Budget Deficit & Moves Forward on City Manager Selection

Published on November 28, 2012 by Larry Crippen

An aggressively forward-moving City Council met last night and said goodbye to interim City Manager Chuck Pinto who left them on a positive note.  Following the passage of a budget amendment, that one- million-dollar deficit is now gone.

Pinto comments . . . .

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Pinto said, in the future, early retirement offers may be made that could have a half-million dollar impact in cutting salaries, but he said that doesn’t mean they may replace some of those positions.

Mayor Mac Woodward said councilmembers were scheduled to meet this morning to interview four final permanent City Manager candidates . . . .

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The Council also approved, by a 6 to 3 vote, spending $60,000 dollars to hire Buxton, a Fort Worth customer analytics firm, to put together data designed to help Huntsville recruit and retain retail development.

Councilmember James Fitch felt the council needed more time to decide on whether to approve hiring the consultant, and commented that indeed the city needed to receive more sales tax but also needed to focus on bringing in industry and property taxes.

Councilmember Don Johnson felt the move was very “timely” and would eliminate a lot of confusion and be based on facts.

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