After the termination of Alice City Manager Jesus Garcia, the city council appointed City Clerk Rene Marshall, the City Clerk, as the City Manager Interim at their special meeting Tuesday night.
Marshall accepted the appointment and the council discussed creating a procedure to establish the process for selection of a new city manager.
Marshall has worked with the City of Alice for 16 years as the City Clerk. Some of her duties include processing and maintaining records of appointments, directing the administrative functions of the city council, administrating and coordinating municipal elections and ensuring affirmative duties and legislative services.
The other item on the agenda included the review of the city's proposed budget for 2015 to 2016. They also reviewed the fiscal year 2014 to 2015 to compare expenses and options.
Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Hector Hinojosa presented the council with last year's numbers and his estimate on expenditures for next year.
Mayor Ike Ornelas told Hinojosa that the estimate wasn't detailed enough and clear as to what will be spent.
"I'm up to suggestions to get you what you want," Hinojosa told the council.
"It's not what we want, it's what it should be," Ornelas said about lowering the expenses number.
Adjusting salaries was brought up during the review and Hinojosa told the Mayor it is difficult to do so.
"It's hard to adjust salaries. I asked for a 10 percent cut, but that's hard to do," he said. "An option would be to combine positions and cut some to decrease salary."
Ornelas went on into looking at transfers between accounts in the last year. He said his concern is with the numerous transfers out of the general fund.
"I don't know any other way I can satisfy you, Mayor," Hinojosa said. "Like I said, things change on a weekly-basis. Unless you have a different method, the only solution to that would be making an order to stop moving funds and to not repair vehicles when it's needed."
Councilman Ron Burke said "I think we should get a better look on this so we can have a final idea. I know it's hard to predict future spending, but I don't feel comfortable with this."
The council said the budget proposal and review will continue at the next scheduled meeting.