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Biloxi council could take a lesson from Gulfport

The Gulfport City Council has supported tough budget cuts to keep the city solvent without raising taxes, but Biloxi's council has ignored its responsibility to help lead the city through tough economic times.

In Gulfport, the council supported Mayor George Schloegel's efforts to trim the budget through employee furloughs, overtime cuts, and suspension of education and longevity pay.

The Biloxi City Council won't even consider trimming longevity pay from $15 a month, which costs taxpayers $1.2 million a year. They say furloughs and overtime are the mayor's bailiwick.

This is bull. The Biloxi council can control employee expenses through the budget. They are demonstrating a complete lack of leadership.

Mayor A.J. Holloway is shouldering these tough decisions alone. I have observed him for years and one thing I can say about Holloway is that he possesses the courage of his convictions. It's too bad his council can't get a backbone, too. We residents will suffer as a result.