Fulton City Council approves first reading of 2016 budget
FULTON - The Fulton City Council approved the first reading of their budget for the 2016 fiscal year.
The firefighters union has been requesting a pay raise since August but will have to wait until December to see if the budget officially passes.
Tonight the council approved $51,000 to go to repairing the fire station's 25 year-old ladder truck.
A firefighter supporter, Terry Luebbert, hopes this is a move in the right direction.
She said there is a common misconception that the firefighters just want a pay raise.
"The biggest misunderstanding is that this is all about the pay raise," Luebbert said. "It's their safety, the equipment is not up to date."
Luebbert also said the group would like the pay raise to increase from nine dollars an hour to ten dollars an hour.
"We're not trying to compete with Columbia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, we're just trying to compete with regular-sized cities like Fulton," Luebbert said.
The firefighters union has rallied at every city council meeting since Aug. 25.
Negotiations have gone downhill between the firefighters union and the city since the beginning of August.
The second reading of the budget will take place on Nov. 24 and the third reading will be Dec. 15.