Mayor says five percent cuts made, more are possible
By JASON PATTERSON
Editor & Publisher
Mayor McArthur Straughter said crafting this year’s city budget was the least fun he’s had since 2007.
In 2007 the city had to make 10 percent salary cuts across the board. Straughter said that was the only way to avoid a $400,000 deficit.
This time the city didn’t have to make the unpopular decision to cut salaries or reduce personnel, but spending had to be reduced.
“In order to balance the budget, each department had to cut its budget by five percent,” Straughter said. “We asked the department heads to make the cuts, and if they didn’t we were going to do it for them.”
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