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Tax Increase And Layoffs Proposed To Balance Augusta's City Budget

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The effort to balance Augusta's budget could result in higher taxes and a smaller city workforce.

To fill a projected $8 million shortfall, City Administrator Fred Russell is recommending several options, including a 12 percent property tax increase, but he is also proposing cutting city spending.

Russell is calling for an across the board 2.4% percent cut in spending in all city departments that will save more than $3.8 million, but some Augusta Commissioners say that will impact jobs.

"I don't support that at all. Some of the larger departments...it wouldn't have such a great impact on, but some of the smaller departments, that small cut could cost somebody to lose their job," says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

"It would result in layoffs?" we asked. "Most certainly," said Lockett.

Russell could not say how many jobs could be impacted by the across the board cut, but admitted some layoffs could occur.

Commissioners have set a December 2nd deadline to approve the 2014 budget.

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