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City Budget Discussed at Government Plaza

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The 2014 budget being hashed out and that has some wondering, will it meet our needs in the future or will major changes need to be made?

Michael Corbin City Council Chairman says Mayor Glover's office is only introducing the budget to the council and then it's up to council to work with the city on what's in or out. "I believe the 2014 budget will be pretty flat, pretty much equal to the 2014 budget."
Sherricka Fields is the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the city. She says they asked each department to take a close look at what they're spending. "Really take a look at what they're doing on a day to day basis to see if there are any places to find deficiencies or any places that can be cut without cutting people or without eliminating services. So there will be less spending this year by about one percent than there was for the 2013 budget but not at the sacrifice of services."

Besides small cuts in each department, Corbin says there's another area the city may have to cut back on in order to save money. "I think it's really a time to have the conversation about how much non-profit funding does the city need to do." Fields offered, "There will be other review sessions, more intimately with the departments, and that will give the council more of an opportunity to dig in deeper with the details and the citizens will be able to participate with that as well."

The first public city budget meeting will be Saturday, November 9th and then again on November 16th. Stay with KTBS 3 news for information on those meetings.

 

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