HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg met its October 1 budget deadline by two days.
The council passed the budget, including several amendments, by a 4-0 vote. Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado was absent at Tuesday morning's special called meeting to approve the amended budget.
Each council member, excluding Delgado, submitted a joint letter of proposed budget amendments last week, which included the following:
- Full removal of funding for Chain Park amphitheater
- Removal of remaining $22,000 for Twin Forks Rising project
- Closing five vacant positions to return money to general fund, including two community development specialists in sanitation; a crew foreman in traffic; and a facility maintenance repair worker in construction
- Closing three-part time positions to return money to general fund, including facility maintenance repair; and two accountants.
The letter explained the five positions listed were still posted, although they were vacant for more than 90 days. Bradley said the HAVPAY ordinance requires positions that go unfilled for that amount of time must close, and the money goes to the general fund. If a department director wants that position opened again, he or she would consult the council for approval.
Tuesday's vote was taken without discussion from the council or mayor.