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City drops policy linking raises to increased tax revenue, CPI

January 09, 2002

City drops policy linking raises to increased tax revenue, CPI



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to drop a proposed budget policy that would link increases in city employee wage and benefit costs to increased tax revenue or the Consumer Price Index.

The CPI is a measurement of changes in the retail prices of a sampling of goods and services.

Councilman Lew Metzner said establishing such a policy could cause problems with employee labor groups. He said the idea could be raised again later.

The council agreed with Metzner.

The council agreed to some changes and additions to the budget policy, such as restricting the use of reserve money for emergencies.

- Dan Kulin

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