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Mar 16, 2010 6:51 PM by Ariel Wesler

$8 million deficit means more cuts for Santa Maria

Santa Maria city leaders must find a way to fill an $8 million dollar budget gap by the end of June. Tonight, the city council will look a various options to cut costs. Some of those options include new planning fees, cutting department budgets by three, six, or nine percent, continuing furloughs, and eliminating vacant full-time and part-time General Fund positions. The city projects $57 million in operating costs but only taking in $49 million in revenue.

Like school districts throughout the Central Coast, the city is in a holding pattern until California lawmakers pass the state budget. The city must approve its budget by June 30th.

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