ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The Onalaska City council approved its 2014 operating budget Monday night after allowing time for comments from the public.
The roughly $8-million dollar budget proposal includes the hiring of one, new firefighter before the council opted to take it up.
The council then voted in favor of cutting a scheduled three percent pay raise for non-union city employees in half in order to fund the hiring of a second new firefighter.
The roughly $22-thousand saved through the pay cut means the second firefighter is able to start on the job September 1. The first new firefighter will start on July 1. City officials acknowledged further savings will have to be found to pay the additional firefighters for a full year of work in 2015.
Fire Chief Don Dominick said following the vote that the hires will not be set in stone until they are approved by a super-majority of the council as part of the final, 2014 budget.
Mayor Joe Chilsen says he and the council will shift their attention to the city's capital improvement budget now that the operating budget is approved.
Details on the budget proposal before the council Monday can be found here.
Stay with News 19 and WXOW.com for more on the Onalaska budget process.
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