Quincy City Council defeats firefighter deal, approves budget
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:51:59 GMT —
One week after the Quincy City Council voted on a proposed one-year deal for the city's firefighter union, the council voted again Monday night.
Last week's 7 to 6 vote in favor of the deal technically did not count.
Mayor Kyle Moore cast the 7th vote, but the measure needed at least 8 votes to either be approved or defeated.
Two council members were absent from last week's meeting.
Monday night, the full city council renewed the motion and voted 8 to 6 against the deal.
Moore said last week that a one-year deal would prevent the closing of a fire station due to budget concerns, but there were no guarantees under a longer deal.
Now, its back to the drawing board.
"That also meant that there will be some brownouts in the city, and when that happens it will just be determined upon the budget," Moore said.
"We wanted to give the aldermen the opportunity not to close any stations, not to do brownouts, and that was the strategy behind this budget coupled with a one-year deal with the firefighters union."
The city council also passed Mayor Moore's budget for the next fiscal year at Monday's meeting 13 to 1.