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Budget boon: Part-time councilors want full-time staffers
C-VILLE Weekly Tuesday, March 06, 2018 at 2 p.m.

One sign of a healthy economy is when local government adds new positions, and Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones has several in his proposed $179 million budget for fiscal year 2019, including 2.5 full-time positions to help city councilors with policy and communications.

That $225,000 allocation adds a new research and policy employee and gives City Council its own flack, as well as makes Clerk of Council Paige Rice’s part-time assistant a full-timer.

“They’re concerned,” says Jones. “They felt they needed more support on the research side and on issues coming from constituents.”

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