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Mar 25, 2014 9:22 PM by Nathan O'Neal

City council weighs options to bridge $30 million budget gap

TUCSON - The City Council discussed on Tuesday possible solutions to bridge the city's $30 million budget gap through its next budget

City leaders want to, among other things, re-organize some departments and personnel to make the city government more efficient.

City Manager Richard Miranda said it's time to find new revenue, including raising some fees like the business license fee. Other options include restructuring the city's Channel 12 and reducing funding to area non-profits, including the Tucson Pima Arts Council.

Restructuring duties in government jobs is another option to slim down on expenditures. Part of the current budget proposal includes eliminating 92 full-time positions.

So far, the proposal has the budget gap slimmed down to about $2 million.

"The days of having our cake and eating it too are over. Cities across the country are adapting to the new normal that our management team has been talking about and we can make this work and we can make it work better as technologies improve, we just need to stay with it," said Mayor Rothschild at the city council meeting.

There will be several more hearings in the coming months before a final budget is adopted this summer.

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