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

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

•Reducing city employees workweeks to 32 hours

•Using Community Redevelopment Agency funds, not general fund money, for Twin Hills Park operations and police patrol services in the CRA district

•Hiring a city purchasing agent and grant writer

•Establishing better control of city assets.

Among the suggestions was reducing Fire Station 3's staff or possibly closing that fire station.

With talk of increased county, school and gas taxes, the last thing Crestview residents need is an increase in their property taxes coupled with a loss of services, Council President Robyn Helt said.

"I am not for an increase in the citizens' millage rate, period," she said. "I don't care what we have to do. The citizens are not going to continue to pay for the government to do its job inefficiently."

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