Filling a million dollar hole. That's is what the city of Vernon city leaders addressed during a special session tonight. More cuts and restructuring of city personnel were on the table until they were swiped from the city's agenda.
So Vernon has eliminated 14 employees, helping save the city $500,000 in the process. In a 4 to 1 vote Vernon city leaders elected to increase water rates. The city claims that water rate increases will help close another $350,000 gap.
"If you look at the average home owner they are going to go up about 22-21 dollars per household per month," said Mayor Joe Rogers.
After holding an executive session Vernon also voted rezone certain city properties that according to Mayor Rogers already have buyers ready to purchase for as much as $100,000.
Mayor Rogers said all options to address financial problems are still being looked at and discussed by city leaders.