Wilmington council delays vote on budget

May 22, 2009 4:58:16 AM PDT
Wilmington's City Council has tabled a vote on its $145 million operating budget.

The delay on Thursday's expected vote is meant to give the city and the firefighters' union time to reach an agreement that could avoid laying off eight firefighters.

Mayor James Baker's administration asked all municipal unions to accept pay freezes in exchange for no layoffs and most agreed.

The police union agreed earlier Thursday to defer a scheduled raise in the coming fiscal year in exchange for a 2.5 percent raise in the 2011 fiscal year.

But the firefighters union was still at an impasse with the city by the time the council meeting began.

A new vote is scheduled for May 28.

The council did pass tax hikes and parking fine increase to help close the budget gap.

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