“It’s just amazing that we are faced with this timeline and you can’t give us the information we can look at,” he said. “Because as you know from the conversation we had earlier tonight, we’re trying to find every penny and dime we can.”
Board member Mark Legband thanked McDuffee for his work and said it would not be possible to reduce the percentages.
“They’ve worked their tail, they’re having a negotiation with everyone,” he said. “It’s time to move forward and give people and workers what they need.
Mayor Joey Spellerberg also thanked McDuffee and said union negotiations took place after several meetings against the deadline.
“I know the last two months have been a lot of work, and you’ve been through a lot,” he said. “And these are not easy negotiations. Our staff did their best. “
Although he thanked Spellerberg for his comments, Ellis said changes needed to be made to ensure union contracts are prepared sooner.
“I don’t know who failed, but for us to be in this position where we have to vote tonight, then tomorrow night and then the next night, it’s a failure.”
Although a motion to hold first reading of the ordinance passed 6-1, a motion to proceed directly to final reading failed 5-2.