Targeted cuts better for Augusta budget woes

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AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) – A call to get surgical with cuts when it comes to the proposed Augusta budget.

The administrators budget recommendations say more than $4 million will be needed from reserves to balance the 2021 budget.  

Some commissioners want an across-the-board 5% cut of all departments. 

However, others say that’s the wrong approach. 

“We need to look at each individual department because some departments we’re going to be able to cut more than 5 percent, some we may have to leave at 5 percent not across the board. That’s not accomplishing anything,” says Commissioner John Clarke.  

Along with reserves, the city also plans to use $3.8 million in federal CARES ACT money for the transit department. That money will eliminate the city having to contribute from the general fund for bus service. 

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