City Budget Remains Largely Unchanged
The city of Gainesville drafted a two year budget plan last year and is not currently working on a massive overhaul of spending.
However, some adjustments have been needed because of rising fuel costs and lower than expected revenue.
The decrease in property tax revenue will be made up by saving on operating costs through measures like voluntary early retirement and improved efficiency.
A second challenge for the city is much higher fuel costs.
Gas is, on average a dollar a more a gallon compared to this time last year when commissioners set the two year budget.
Since the city provides services that rely heavily on fuel, like Gainesville's Police Department and the Regional Transit System, the city will need to make up that money elsewhere.
City Manager Russ Blackburn will continue to hear the needs of departments throughout the month of July through a series of workshops and presentations.
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