Council votes down gas franchise fee; police to delay hiring of two officers
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A controversial gas franchise fee was shot down again Wednesday night by the Rochester City Council, leaving a $350,000 void in the 2015 budget.
Council members voted 4 to 3 to defeat the proposal. Michael Wojcik, who was the only one to vote in favor of the fee last month, won the support of Sandra Means and newcomer Nick Campion.
The Post-Bulletin notes the fee would cost an additional $1 per month for residential gas customers and $2 per month for businesses.
To make up for the shortfall, council members voted to delay the hiring of two police officers until later in the year. Only Wojcik dissented.
KAAL-TV reports the department will also cut its fuel budget by $50,000. An additional $50,000 has been slashed from road maintenance and $100,000 from financial stability funds, the station notes.
The shortfall was anticipated when the council passed a $223 million budget last month. KTTC-TV reports some on the council admitted they should have addressed the issue earlier.
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