8News Daily Poll: Is cutting city worker’s salaries the best solution to address Petersburg’s financial woes?

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — City workers in Petersburg will see a dip in their paychecks in just a couple of weeks.

On Monday, the city voted to reduce full-time salaries by 10 percent to help with a multi-million dollar deficit the city is facing, cutting the initial 20 percent figure that was proposed in half.

Right now, the cuts are set to go into effect July 23rd. Over the next six months, that should garner a savings of only about $1.5 million, according to the latest figures.

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Needless to say, some city workers aren’t exactly thrilled.

“I think it’s a very bad decision, you know. we’re sitting here, we work and we didn’t have anything to do with the deficit but it seems like we have to pay for it,” city worker Timothy Moore told 8News reporter Candice Cole.

According to Petersburg City Manager Dironna Moore Belton, cutting salaries by 10 percent temporarily was one of the safest ways to save without laying off workers.

“This reduction is allowing the city to work within our cash flow on a bi-weekly and monthly basis,” Belton said.

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