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City Projects Budget Shortfall

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
May 9, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-The City of Tallahassee is trying to climb out of a $4.9 million dollar hole. That's what the City's office of budget and policy is projecting for the 2014 fiscal year.

"Right now I think everything is on the table, whether that means saving expenses or looking at increases in income," said Tallahassee City Commissioner, Gil Ziffer.

The City blames the deficit on rising health insurance and pension costs along with declining property values. There's also StarMetro - which is projected to finish the 2013 Fiscal Year $1 million dollars in the red.

But some people say they'd rather pay more than see the City cutback.

"Tallahassee is a growing city. If you start cutting here and there you're going to cut our growth as far as being a progressive city," said Tallahassee resident, James Horton.

"If they are cutting back they have to remember, we can vote them in office and we can vote them out," said Tallahassee resident, Philip King.

But Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum says cuts may be what's necessary.

"People are already making cuts back in their home, at their dinner table, at their gas tank. It's unreasonable for us to go to the taxpayer and say give us more," said Gillum.

Both Ziffer and Gillum say it's too early to talk about specific cuts.

The City has until the end of September to finalize its 2014 budget. Once it does, the budget will take effect October 1.


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