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Taxi liability requirements lowered
Pay freeze for city employees
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For the first time in 30 years, city of Conyers employees won't be receiving pay increases or bonuses due to budget constraints to keep the millage rate from increasing next year.

Anticipating a large decrease in revenues over the next year, the city of Conyers is bracing for budget cuts in almost every department in order to adopt a balanced budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which runs July to June for Conyers.

Forecasting a revenue decrease of almost $700,000, city officials plan to remedy the short-fall by opting to forego the annual 5 percent performance increase for employees in addition to "freezing" the 12 positions currently vacant throughout city departments. By doing so, the city anticipates receiving and spending an estimated $12.88 million between July 1 and June 30, 2013.

City Council members will adopt the budget at their June 20 meeting.


In other city council business:

During Wednesday's meeting, the council approved a change to the city's taxi cab ordinance, which will now allow for lower liability requirements for taxi cab companies.

Taxis will now be able to carry limits of $50,000/person and $100,000/accident for bodily injury and $50,000 for property damage liability coverage. The change came at the request of taxi owners who stated the previous requirements were too cost-prohibitive at $100,000/person, $300,000/accident and $50,000 for property damage.

"This keeps us in line with other municipalities in the area and also in line with the state," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson explained. He said the city has notified the county of the change, but the county still requires the higher limits of 100/300/50.

According to Chief Wilson, proof of coverage limits is required when a company applies for a business license, which is only valid for pick-ups made within the city limits.