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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council passed the city’s budget Monday night, but it was far from routine.  Council voted 5-3 for passage.  Those who dissented, including Misty Hollis, Jamie Lopeman, and Clay Miller, did so primarily because funding the budget will require using a significant amount of the city’s cash reserves.  Hollis indicated that the underfunded amount exceeds $7 million.  Before voting to approve the budget, council unanimously agreed to cut about $3.2 million.  That includes $2.4 million in TIF funding for the Richmond Redevelopment Commission and half a million on a state-required drainage project.  Council has approved salaries for police and firefighters next year.  The contract for other city employees, which includes a three-percent pay raise, has not yet been approved by the Board of Public Works.  Council member Clay Miller indicated that the new budget would be unsustainable in 2021 and said that the city was on track for tax increases

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