Recently approved personnel decisions for the city of Bowman are going to have to wait until July before they can become official.
Bowman City Mayor Pamela Johnson recently vetoed three votes that were taken in regards to personnel decisions which were made during Monday night’s regular meeting of the Bowman City Council.
Two of the three votes were related to raises for two employees, and the other vote was on the hiring of a new employee for the city.
According to Johnson, just the raises alone were expected to cost the city an additional twelve thousand dollars a year.
Johnson said the way city’s current financial situation is shaping up, the money is not there to support these decisions that were made.
“If we go forward with hiring and doing this kind of pay raise, the citizens of Bowman are going to have to pay for it”, said Mayor Johnson. “At this point and time I do not see how we are going to get the money to do that.”
Johnson says that a few of the claims made on Monday night regarding one of the pay increases were not completely accurate.
She says that she is hopeful that the Bowman City Council can work this issue out and come to an agreement.
“In my opinion, I think it was presented dishonestly, it was presented without thought to our budget, our citizens, and our employees”, said Johnson. “I think we need to come together as a group and decide what we want to do, and if we can’t do that, then we need to sit on it until we can reach a decision.”
This was the first time in Johnson’s three and a half year tenure as mayor that she has vetoed any item.
With the veto made, the issue is now set to come before the Bowman City Council on July 22nd during their next regular meeting.