Hillsboro City Commission

City employees in Hillsboro won’t receive their previously approved pay raises starting Jan. 1 until city leaders get a clearer picture of the city’s current finances.

The Hillsboro City Commission in July approved 6 percent raises for city workers in 2023, although commissioners agreed Monday night to hold off granting the raises for the time being.

City Commission President Levi Reese said despite months of studying the city’s finances – and asking for input from the city auditor’s office – he’s still having issues balancing the city’s books.

“Looking at the situation, we have had a mess the past four years,” said Reese, kicking off an hour-long discussion about the city’s finances Monday night. “We have a mess that we need to clean up.”

Reese presented an 87-page printout of the city’s budget to fellow commissioners outlining the city’s expenses, revenues, debt service schedules and its cash and year-end balances dating back to 2020.

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