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Mar 18, 2010 9:25 PM by Monica Quintero

Santa Maria city councilmember hopes to limit pain of budget cuts

The budget is at the top of the minds of city leaders in Santa Maria. Earlier this week, we told you the city council was trying to fill an $8 million budget gap by the end of June. They've been weighing various options when it comes to cutting costs.

On Thursday, we talked with Santa Maria City Councilmember Alice Patino about the city's budget crisis. Patino said, "We don't want to do layoffs. We don't want to impact public safety. We want all of our services to stay the same for the people of Santa Maria, so that's a tough job." 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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