EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHuntington Is In The Black $2.5 Million
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Reported: Sep. 24, 2013 2:13 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams gave City Council some good news Monday night -- the city of Huntington has an extra couple of million dollars now in its budget.
The $2.5 million is somewhat committed and could go in three different directions. Williams said some of the money could go to the Employees Health Reimbursement Account, a workers' compensation reserve fund or a pay raise for employees.
Tiffany Whittenburg lives in Huntington and said the news of a surplus caught her off guard.
"When I seen the news and they said there was a surplus, I thought, 'Wow! ' It's unheard of because they talk about how we're always in debt. I had to hold my heart like Fred Sanford on that one," Whittenburg said.
Whittenburg also said she hopes the extra money would go to an employee pay raise.
The mayor said the surplus came from the sales tax, business and occupation tax and reduced spending. Williams said he fully supports the idea of giving city employees a raise.
"It's been several years since they've had a raise and they deserve it. We don't know how much we can afford. But the work we do between now and January is going to definitely determine what if any that we're going to be able to afford," he said.
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