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Broad cuts could be in works: Aldermen

With council set to receive a list of potential budget cuts totalling at least $35 million, there could be  across-the-board trimming rather than a focus on specific business units, said two city aldermen.

With council set to receive a list of potential budget cuts totalling at least $35 million, there could be across-the-board trimming rather than a focus on specific business units, said two city aldermen.

Ald. Ray Jones has yet to see the possible list of cuts put together by the administration.

“I’m kind of expecting to see more or less an across-the-board cut because you can’t start exempting too many people or it’s going to put a heavier hit on others,” said Jones.

There is one area, however, that Jones said he believes could be reduced in the budget.

“The two that I always tend to want to cut are IT and communications,” he said. “I have a hard time cutting anything to do with emergency services.”

Ald. Andre Chabot said parks and recreation is one area that should be spared.

“Parks and rec has always been cut to the bone,” said Chabot. “They’re so under-resourced. I really don’t think there’s going to be additional cuts to find in those departments.”

 
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