Cheyenne City Council introduces an ordinance to cut elected officials salaries
Some members of the Cheyenne City Council are considering an ordinance to adjust the mayor's and council's income in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
This move comes as local and state governments are forced to adjust their budgets as tax revenues decline.
The resolution states the Mayor has already cut vacant positions, laid off employees, and planned for deep cuts in department and community budgets; and the elected leaders of the City need to lead by example.
It continues: the Governing body of the City of Cheyenne recommends that Mayor Orr incorporate a salary reduction for herself and all nine members of the City Council in her proposed FY2021 budget.
We were able to speak with councilmen Dicky Shanor and Rocky Case about this legislation. Councilman Case says the city doesn't have enough money to make it to the end of the fiscal year that they need to cut costs.
He says " We are in uncertain times and nobody has a road map of what this is going to look like on the other side, but I think for council to bring this forward it shows that we are willing to share in what's going to be a very difficult time."
The ordinance will be brought forward in Other Business at Monday, April 27th City Council meeting, which will be held virtually, and referred to Finance Committee.
Then in 2 weeks it will be brought for a final reading in front of full council.
Dicky Shanor told us "Elected officials should always lead by example. During this crisis we are going to be asking city employees to take deep budget cuts and still carry out their work-we need to do the same. All aspects of the government should be doing more with less to help our business community deal with unprecedented challenges."
We reached out to Mayor Orr for comment she told us that they are looking at a furlough package for city employees or moving to 34 hour work weeks among other things.
She told us "the situation is fluid we want to be compassionate and work with the employees who receive the furlough package."
7 members of Cheyenne's City Council are sponsoring this legislation.