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Albany city leaders approve 2010 budget

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It wasn't easy, but Albany city commissioners passed a balanced budget without a tax increase.

Commissioners cut spending from the current budget by about 1-percent and adopted a spending plan of more than $101-million for the next fiscal year.

To avoid a tax increase to fund the new gang unit, they took measures such as deferring workers compensation funding and reducing risk management contributions.

City leaders say there's not much else they can cut and if tough economic times continue they can't guarantee they won't have to raise taxes in the future.

"There were some things that were done to cut those tax increases out however in 2011 if the level of services are to remain the same then we're going to have to look at what we're going to have to do to get a tax increase or reduce expenditures even more," said Budget Management Officer Larry Johnson.

The budget also includes more money for street lights and demolitions of eyesores and $275,000 for the Flint Riverquarium.

Commissioners also allotted money for a new deal to keep the South Georgia Wildcats in town though they have not yet signed a new contract with the team.

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