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Budget Vote Delayed in Hopewell

The Hopewell City Council was supposed to adopt a new budget on Tuesday. That didn’t happen. The vote was put off until the 27th to give Council time to consider budget options and have further discussion on whether or not to buy a new communications system.

They also want to talk about whether city and school employees ought to be compensated for increased health care costs and how much. Council originally wanted to cover the full premium increase at a cost of about $1.2 million. City Manager Mark Haley’s proposed budget drops that to 50%. According to the Progress-Index, Fifth Ward Councilor Brenda Pelham said she thinks covering the full amount may be unrealistic, but she agrees with the Sixth Ward’s Wayne Walton, that employees should get something to make up the cost difference.