Macon City Council's Appropriations Committee decided to send the mayor's proposed plan back to the drawing board.
The mayor's office and the pension board are having a tough time meeting in the middle.
They can't decide how the under-funded general employee pension plan should be paid back.
The mayor's administration suggests a five year plan, raising the contribution from under three percent to more than 13 percent, will be the most efficient way for the city to repay $900-thousand.
The pension board seeks a shorter re-payment plan over three years.
Councilman Rick Hutto criticizes the mayor's proposed budget, and says money from 2009 is being left out of the pension re-payment.
"The administration does want to go back to July of '10 to start paying it back with interest. My question and my issue is what about the lost money? What about that period that the money would have been in the fund? It would have been earning interest. The stock market was up about 10 or 12 percent over the last couple of years and they are just ignoring that and in fact they're saying well we're just going to give that a pass. We'll just pretend that that money was not lost," said Hutto.
The mayor's administration and city council also have to negotiate with the pension board to figure out how to repay the fire and police pension fund. As it stands now, the city owes around $5 million to that fund.