The following were among actions taken by the Alexandria City Council at its June 9 meeting. For further information, call 838-4300.
NEW BUDGET GUIDELINES -- The council voted to set budget guidelines for the city's 1988-89 budget, including a 5.5 percent raise for city and school employes and a 3 percent budget increase for nonpersonnel expenses.
Some School Board members and city employe groups said the new guidelines will not allow the city to keep up with inflation and regional competition in teachers' salaries.
The council vote for the guidelines was 4 to 1, with Republican Carlyle C. Ring Jr. abstaining. The council's other Republican member, Robert L. Calhoun, cast the only "no" vote. Redella S. Pepper was not present for the vote.
The guidelines are the first step of the lengthy budget process that determines the size and content of the city budget, which will go into effect on July 1, 1988.
Based on estimated tax revenue and the assumption that the council will not increase the property tax rate, the part of the budget made up of city revenue -- exclusive of state and federal funds -- is projected to be $184.9 million, a 5.9 percent increase over the 1987-88 budget adopted last month.
School Board members complained after the vote that the guidelines would make it impossible to continue a bold three-year plan outlined by retiring School Superintendent Robert W. Peebles to make Alexandria teachers' salaries more competitive with those of surrounding school systems.
Under Peebles' plan, teachers would get 9.8 percent raises in the 1987-88 budget and receive 8 percent raises in the following two years.
School Board Chairman Timothy S. Elliott said at the council meeting that under the new budget guidelines, the school system could afford no more than 5 percent teacher raises in 1988-89.
School Board members have complained that their staff was given scant opportunity to help draw up the guidelines.
Elliott and other board members were critical of the council for what he said was a unilateral decision on the budget. "We ought to discuss the guidelines rather than have them shoved down our throat," Elliott said at the council meeting.
"They are . . . trying to evade some political and public pressures that are part of the process," School Board member Judith Seltz said of the council's vote. "This year they don't want to hear a lot from the school lobby . . . To me, that's one of the factors they have to take into consideration."
City employes got 5 percent raises in the 1987-88 budget.
In a letter to the council, representatives of five employe groups said the 1988-89 budget guidelines are "an attack on city employes" because, in part, city salary increases "in the last 10 years have run behind inflation levels."