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Raleigh Mayor Proposes $8.1 Million In Budget Cuts

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh residents could soon see the effects of the state budget crisis on city services.

Mayor Charges Meeker is proposing $8.1 million in cuts, the same amount that Raleigh is losing because of Gov. Mike Easley's budget action.

Meeker is proposing a one-year delay in the repair of 35 miles of Raleigh streets, eliminating garbage collection on Easter Monday and Memorial Day, and a hiring freeze on filling vacant jobs.

Meeker said residents can expect to see an impact on city services.

"I don't think you can pinpoint any one thing, but when you are not fully staffed, your level of service can't be the same as when you are fully staffed," he said.

The City Council is schedule to vote on the proposed cuts next week.

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