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City Budget Impact
After police and firefighters were saved from the budget ax it looks like other city departments may also get a reprieve.
The city took in about $10 million more than expected for the 2013 budget and that means they won't have to cut quite so much going into next year.
As far as where this extra money came from councilmembers explained that they had to sign off on the 2014 budget early, even though they expected and hoped that they would come up with more money. Now that more money is available they are looking to give a lot of it back to many of the departments that were on the chopping block.
According to Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls this is basically a good news good news situation.
The good news is the local economy has been recovering and according to the Vice Mayor another piece of very good news is the city's strategy of investing in jobs and development is paying off it is producing higher than anticipated revenues.
The council members each took the podium to announce something that had been saved.
The largest portion of restoration funds, $900,000 dollars going to the health department. It represents half of the 1.8 million originally cut from that department and will go to programs like weed and rat control as well as litter.
They also plan to hire a city energy manager to help the city get a better grip on the 25 million dollars spent every year on utilities.
Not all of the $10 million will go to budgets and projects that were cut. Some of the money will be saved in reserves.