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Valdosta city budget to be cut by $9.2 mill

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta City leaders are proposing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that cuts spending by $9.2 million.

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax that voters defeated last year will end in December.

City leaders are cutting the budget to stay afloat without the one-penny sales tax revenue. The proposal does not raise property taxes, cut jobs, or furlough workers.

City leaders hope voters will pass a SPLOST referendum when it comes up for another vote in November. They say it's needed for upgrades to Mathis City Auditorium and repairs to the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"Basically were at the tail end of our SPOLST 6 capital projects. So there's just not as much capital projects funding available, and so that accounts for the $9 million," said Deputy City Manager, Mark Barber.

The City plans to keep 22 vacant positions unfilled for a while to help give current employees a 2.5 percent pay increase.

The city council will vote on the budget June 20th.

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