Albany -- Albany's city manager says the city can spend more money to keep you safe without a tax increase. Alfred Lott proposes a 93-million dollar budget that includes 1.8-million in new public safety spending, and he says it won't require a tax hike.
Lott plans to use money from the 9-million dollar reserve fund to buy new vehicles. The proposed budget also includes a 3-percent pay raise for city workers. Lott says that will reward current employees and help recruit new workers.
"One of the things that helps when you are recruiting to an area where the pay is low is the potential for at least to be paid a living wage in according with the standard of living so that's what we're looking for," said City Manager Alfred Lott.
We told you yesterday that the school system refuses to pay for school crossing guards this year and wants the city's help. Lott says that is a public safety concern, but the city will not pay for the positions.
The commission will vote on Lott's proposal later this month.