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Published October 20, 2009, 08:03 PM

EGF Wage Freeze

The city of East Grand Forks is taking its first step in freezing wages for city positions.

By: Casey Wonnenberg, WDAZ

The city of East Grand Forks is taking its first step in freezing wages for city positions. Because of a veto by the mayor, city hockey and figure skating coaches in East Grand Forks will not be getting wage increases next year. The city council voted 4 to 3 in favor of the increases, but because the mayor vetoed it, six votes were needed for it to pass.

The city is trying to make cuts because of less aid the city will be getting from the state. The mayor says they need to freeze wages next year in all city departments, and the coaches are no exception.

“I don't want to say that they don't deserve the wage increase because they are doing a good job, but I think we have to start somewhere on the freeze,” says Mayor Lynn Stauss.

The mayor and council members agree they want to try to find ways to cut the budget, rather than raising taxes, but some council members say it's important that the coaches get a slight increase every year they work, so there's some sort of incentive.

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