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Spectrum - June 17, 2011

Achilles' Heel in 2012 budget

Spending plan is based on shaky expectations for police, fire unions

City Manager James Keene has creatively balanced the $146 million budget for 2012 by squeezing $1 million from departmental expenditures, including $300,000 by shrinking six Public Works divisions into three, and by betting that the city will receive $4.3 million in voluntary givebacks from the police and fire unions. The City Council will take a final look and is expected to approve the budget at its Monday meeting.

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