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Council declines to grow mayor staff with reserve funds

Sep 8, 2010 10:24:00 AM - thestate.com
Columbia City Council members did not vote to spend $32,000 from the city's reserve fund to hire two of Mayor Steve Benjamin's former campaign staffers.

Councilwoman Belinda Gergel said she was "not ready to break open the piggy bank on this."

Instead, she and Councilwoman Leona Plaugh urged City Manager Steve Gantt to find money for the positions from other vacant positions in the city.

But Gantt said his options are limited after staff purged the city last year of $1.2 million-worth of funded vacant positions.

Gantt said he would work to find the money.

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