Mayor seeks to preserve worker raises

As the City Council considers passing next year’s fiscal budget tonight, Mayor Tim Kant said he will ask council members to restore about $468,000 in employee raises that were removed during finance committee meetings earlier this month.

“The only explanation I’m hearing from anybody about why we need to cut out raises is that everybody else is cutting back,” Kant said Friday. “I try to treat my people as Fairhope people and not compare us to the world.”

Kant submitted a $25.4 million general fund budget to the council in late August. In years past, the mayor and staff have handled the budget and any proposed cuts. But this year, the budget was reviewed by a new, council-appointed Financial Advisory Committee

Mayor seeks to preserve worker raises