Gainesville to Face $2.7 Million Budget Deficit in 2015
Gainesville’s street sweeper program may get cut as the city looks to ease a $2.7 million deficit expected this next fiscal year, according to city manager Russ Blackburn.
“We’re looking at a lot of areas to move over to outside contractors and that program is one of them,” said Blackburn.
Street sweeping services would not be completely discontinued, Blackburn said, but would instead be provided by a company outside of the city government.
The city manager’s office will formally announce the news and other potential cuts when it debuts the 2015 budget at a press conference Thursday, he said.
The new number for the projected deficit—$2.7 million—is down from the $3.3 million the city expected last March.
In March, the city manager’s office had requested budgets anticipating three percent cuts from large departments like Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Gainesville Police Department and six percent cuts from smaller agencies.
The reason given at the time was a decision not to transfer $3 million in revenue from Gainesville Regional Utilities to the city's general fund.
Mayor Ed Braddy was not immediately available for comment. Neither was Teresa Scott, director of Gainesville Public Works.
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