For the first time in several years, Gulfport city council’s discussion of the budget did not include what they would have to cut to balance the budget. Instead, City Manager Jim O’Reilly’s proposed budget points the city towards rebuilding staff and programs.
Councilmembers discussed the city’s $17 million-plus budget during the workshop portion of the city’s council meeting. Items discussed at this preliminary discussion included
• Adding building inspector and permit person
• Making a part-time preschool teacher full time
• Putting a receptionist back in city hall
• Making the library administrator the “Director of Library and Technology”
• Making the Harbormaster “Director of Marine Operations”, which will include Casino docks
• Granting employees a two percent raise
• Improving lighting on 49th Street
• Not building volleyball bleachers
This marked the first of several budget discussions. Council did not vote and will have several more such discussions, including opportunities for public input, before voting on a final budget. To see the proposed budget, click here.