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Quincy city leaders discuss budget

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-18 18:03:58-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL)--There's controversy in Quincy on the proposed budget.

The budget is a heated topic but commissioners are also discussing the resignation of the community redevelopment agency director.

Commissioners say Charles Hayes has decided to resign and it's likely they'll discuss how to fill the position.

Speaking of employment, in particular benefits, some City of Quincy employees with Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage told us their insurance had been canceled even though they paid for it.

Quincy City Manager Jack McLean says it was an oversight, and they were late paying the bill in August.

The manager says the problem has been fixed but if you have questions, they say to call human resources.

Commissioner Derrick Elias says the whole thing is unacceptable.

Now regarding the budget, Elias says the city still owes a number of vendors.

"I say we're broke," said Elias. "Some people disagree with my labeling of it being broke, some people say we are financially challenged but until we find out exactly where we are, we need to make sure before we move forward that we have a good plan to address our indebtedness and have an exit plan."

McLean says the city isn't broke.

"Every municipality in government has concerns," said McLean. "There's not anyone who doesn't have concerns. Even in Tallahassee and its huge reserve, even well planned cities have challenges and we are no exception to that but this budget reflects the commission's will and the citizens aspirations and we're going to meet their challenges and we think this budget will do it."

The $32 million budget could be approved next week. It includes new police cars and road improvement projects.