City Of Gainesville Faces Possible Layoffs-Cuts In Services
The tight budget in Gainesville just got tighter.
Gainesville's city manager is recommending a 15-percent budget cut for every department across the board as a way to make up for a shortfall in revenue.
While no final decisions will be made until the budget is drafted by commissioners in late July, department heads within the city are taking a look at what they can cut now, without drastically changing operations.
Everyone from GPD to public works to the parks, recreation and culture department is taking a look at where they can save money and how they can streamline efficiency without compromising the service they provide to taxpayers.
Gainesville has about 98 million dollars in the general fund to work with.
About 48 percent of that is tied up to fund the city's police and fire departments and commissioners have about 7 point 4 million less than they anticipated to balanced the budget.
By law Gainesville's city commission has to operate with a balanced budget.
From here, city manager Russ Blackburn, will take each department's recommendations and tweak them before presenting them to the commission.
The commission will then decide what they can and can't live without.
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