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Williams to announce across-the-board cuts at inauguration

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 03:11 PM

HUNTINGTON — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will call for an across-the-board budget cut of up to 2 percent during his inauguration speech Thursday evening at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

“I expect within the week that I will have an indication of how the city departments will be making the cuts,” Williams told The Herald-Dispatch on Thursday afternoon. “There’s no crisis at hand. This is simply pulling the reins in to make sure we don’t have a crisis.”

Williams, who officially took office Tuesday, has already implemented a hiring and nonessential spending freeze for all city departments. He also engaged in contract negotiations Wednesday with International Association of Firefighters Local 298 and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 598 but has informed both groups that pay raises are not on the table.

Williams’ inauguration ceremony, which is open to the public, is set for 6 p.m. City Council members also will be sworn in during the ceremony.