- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Natchez Board of Aldermen has voted unanimously to eliminate new hiring or raises for six months.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1OugQlv) the vote came just minutes before the city clerk requested $250,000 Tuesday night to cover payroll.

Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith, who presented the motion for the freeze, says she and the rest of the board sat silent in apparent disbelief when City Clerk Donnie Holloway requested the funds to cover payroll expenses through the end of the month, the second such request he has made in less than a month.

Mayor Butch Brown expressed disappointment with the six-month provision added to Smith’s motion for the freeze. Brown said he did not believe the freeze nor recent budget cuts proposed by the aldermen were needed.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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