GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - If you work for the city of Gulfport, you will not be getting a pay raise this coming fiscal year, which begins October 1st. The proposed budget for 2012 will go to the city council Monday.
It will be the third year in a row, that city workers will not get a raise. Despite that disappointing news, Council President Ricky Dombrowski feels there are a lot of good things about the new budget.
One of those good things is that nobody will have to take time off without pay, the way they did this year.
"We will not have any furloughs in this budget, which I think a lot of people will be happy about," Dombrowski told WLOX News.
On the issue of raises, Dombrowski is optimistic this coming year will be the last time the 600 city employees will have to work without a raise for a while.
"I would say definitely, there is a better chance of raises in the budget the following year because we will have a lot of growth happening," he said.
That growth Dombrowski referred to includes as many as seven hotels that should be opening in 2012. Gulfport should get its first casino in years, with Rotate Black.
And the city is looking at the possibility of adding more ball fields at the Sportsplex, which would bring in added revenue to the city.
Dombrowski is also excited that the budget includes as much as $8 to $10 million to pave roads in 2012.
Dombrowski was quick to point out, the Schloegel administration inherited a deficit of $11 million. He was also candid enough to say that although he thinks the worst of times are over, the city still has to closely monitor what it spends.