As local economy slides, Phoenix City Hall anticipates 30% budget cuts

[Source: City of Phoenix] — The City’s budget situation is not improving.  At the September 2, 2008 City Council Policy Session, this eight-slide PowerPoint was presented by the city’s Budget and Research Department.  Revenues continue to decline which will likely necessitate significant budget cuts again this year.  Staff stated that each department is being asked to propose 30% budget cuts.

As in previous budget cycles, city leaders will make every effort to protect core City services, but with cuts being made in six of the last seven years, they say that there is little or no fat left.  The last slide provides a timeline for the budget process which includes staff recommendations for cuts before the end of the year, community budget hearings in January, Council action in February, and cuts taking effect in early March for both the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 budget years.

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