LA MARQUE, Texas — A little more than a month ago, La Marque faced a $1 million deficit and eyed cutting city services to the bone, including a proposal to shut down the library. Now, the library’s been saved, the deficit practically erased and if all goes according to plan, the city will not have a tax rate increase and end the fiscal year with an extra $1.5 million in the bank.
Not that the city’s $7.7 million spending plan doesn’t come with some pain. Nine city staffers will either lose their jobs, be reassigned or will retire as their jobs are eliminated. Retirees will see their health benefits the city had paid for in the past eliminated.
And the city no longer will pay for the health care benefits for employee’s dependents.
Firefighters are finalizing an agreement to give up built-in overtime pay to save the city about $130,000, there will be no raises for non-collective bargaining employees and the city will implement a hiring freeze, City Manager Carol Buttler said.
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