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Raleigh to hold hearing on budget Tuesday

Posted May 28, 2009 3:59 p.m. EDT

— The public is invited to provide input on the City of Raleigh budget proposal Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The city council will hold a public hearing on the budget for fiscal year 2009-10 in the council chamber of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex at 222 W. Hargett St.

City Manager Russell Allen laid out a proposed budget on May 19 totaling $696.2 million. It would eliminate 85 vacant city jobs and hold the line on local property taxes.

The Parks and Recreation Department would take the biggest hit in Allen’s proposal, losing 27 open positions. The city would also cut operating hours and maintenance at community centers, public pools, parks and greenways.

The budget proposal also cuts positions in the Inspections and Public Works departments.
Allen said the cuts, along with savings in travel and training, holding off on replacing older vehicles and capping pay raises for city workers at 4 percent, would save Raleigh about $15.1 million in operating costs and $10 million in capital spending.

The proposed $384.5 million operating budget would be 0.7 percent less than the 2008-09 operating budget.