City leaders to department heads: trim up to $1.1 million from budget

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 04:37 PM.

Updated 8/18/2013, 3:34 p.m.

CRESTVIEW — City department heads have submitted their respective 2013-14 preliminary budgets but city leaders say they still must trim upward of $1.1 million.

City Clerk Betsy Roy said she and Finance Director Patti Beebe have been working with the department heads to submit a balanced budget, but "unfortunately, we're not there yet."

Though the city council agreed to set a higher tentative millage rate for creating the next fiscal year's budget, members at Wednesday's workshop expressed keeping the rate as is.

Under the tentative millage of 5.8466, and with the budgets as submitted, the general fund deficit would be $906,000. Under the current millage of 5.5966, the deficit would be an estimated $1.1 million.

Council members made budget-reduction suggestions including:

•Closing the library and parks an extra day each week

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