A vote by one of the unions representing Delaware municipal workers will save the city $20,000 in 2010.

A vote by one of the unions representing Delaware municipal workers will save the city $20,000 in 2010.

On Dec. 28, the union representing clerical workers voted unanimously to amend their contract to forgo a 3-percent wage increase in 2010. They would receive the increase in 2011.

The Ohio Council 8 of the AFSCME (American federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) was the only union representing city workes to approve a wage freeze, said city manager Tom Homan.

A police union vote to accept a freeze in 2010 fell one vote short of passing earlier this month.

The budget includes $21.4-million in expected revenues and allows for $21.2-million in expenditures in 2010. It includes a wage freeze for all non-union employees and reduces spending levels to 2008 levels.

The city 's 2009 budget was about $22-million.

The budget also eliminates five union positions. Two are filled - a maintenance technician in the public works department and a patrolman in the police department. Three are vacant - a technician in the public works department, a police patrolman and a firefighter.

Homan thanked council and the department heads "for the work they put in reviewing the budget. This is one of the most challenging municipal budgets city council has faced in a long time.

"The hard work lies ahead," Homan continued. "It's one thing to approve a budget and another to stay within its parameters. Let's hope that 2010 proves to be a little brighter than 2009."

Council plans to hold a retreat in January to set goals for 2010.