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Albany commissioners go over budget

April 24, 2007

Albany--  Albany city leaders continue to hash out the city budget.  That could include thousands of dollars to increase safety in the city.

Albany City Manager Alfred Lott presented commissioners with a balanced budget of $98 million earlier this month.

That's up from $93 million  last year.

Tuesday night, department heads began presenting their budgets to the Mayor and commissioners so they can scrutinize the numbers and clear up any reservations.

One item under consideration would allow the police department to hire 33 police officers over the next three years.

"What we would need is almost $500,000 to make that change and so that's something we'd have to take from someplace and right now we're looking at where we would take it from. My suggestion would be to reduce services elsewhere to add those positions," said City Manager Alfred Lott.

A series of budget discussions will continue this month and next month before commissioners adopt the final budget by the end of June.

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