No layoffs, but increased spending in proposed Atlantic City budget

    Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford released his budget proposal yesterday, which calls for increased spending, but doesn’t including any layoffs or furloughs.

    The Press of Atlantic City broke down the numbers, comparing them with last year’s budget.

    The $223.6 million budget calls for almost $7 million in increased spending, which Langford’s administration says is due to $7.4 million in state imposed increases to pension payments, health benefits and tax appeal bonds debt service.
    No city employees will face layoffs or furlough days, compared with last year’s layoffs of police, fire and other city employees.
    While municipalities will receive about as much state aid as they did last year, cities face $4.5 million more in pension payments and about $1.3 million in additional state health benefits payments.

    City Council must introduce the budget by March 11, and has until April 12 to adopt it.

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