Natchez aldermen won't pass budget Tuesday that includes raises for several employees

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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — Members of the Natchez Board of Aldermen say they won't pass a budget Tuesday that includes raises for several employees.

The raises, which represent nearly $29,000 in the proposed $37.7 million budget, were agreed upon by Mayor Butch Brown and four city department heads, but were never brought before the board.

Discussions of the raises and other line items in the budget were brought up during a public hearing last week. While no official action was taken at the hearing, city leaders expressed concern about the budget being passed in time for the city to make payroll on Oct. 15.

The Natchez Democrat reports ( ) the budget was due Oct. 1, but legal advertising requirements delayed its adoption, and the city can't legally spend money until the budget is adopted.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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