NAPLES, Fla. - The city of Naples is facing a $1.8 million budget deficit. Councilman Gary Price said he wants senior management officials, including himself, to take a 5% paycut. But, a new report showed the majority of senior management officials make less than in other cities in the state.
Price said the cuts could save the city $200 thousand.
"I think in this economy it's a good idea, especially if it helps save lower end positions," said taxpayer Christine McGoldrick.
"I can't see why they should be singled out," said taxpayer Arleen Lento.
City workers compiled the report using outside research agencies. It showed the majority of senior management workers in Naples make less than other municipalities across the state. But, Price said most of those cities have higher populations. Some are seven times larger than Naples.
But, non-union workers including city management already take a week of unpaid furlough days each year. City leaders cut police salaries by 6%.
"It seems ironic and hypocritical to not make cuts where we can on our own salary cause we've already asked everyone else to do it," said Price.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said government workers are earning 45% more than private sector employees in wage and benefits.
"They're getting great pensions, great salaries and they're not being flexible," said taxpayer Craig Maue. "The economy is bad they should cut back like everyone else."
"It's a misconception," said Lento. "Teachers, they don't make more than the private sector."
But, Price says now is the time to make the change in government spending.
"We need to be more like business, accountable for tax dollars" said Price. "Eventually people are going get tired of this."
City Council will hold budget discussions starting Monday, August 16th.