Americus city leaders try to find ways to cut budget

Americus city leaders try to find ways to cut budget

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Americus City leaders are trying to find ways to cut 1.5-million dollars in spending next year without following through on a proposal to close a fire station.

City Council members went through the budgets of various city departments Thursday night.

They agreed to some cuts in the fire department and to less training for police officers.

They also talked about increasing the amount city employees pay for their health insurance.

"When our budget meeting started last Monday we were at a million two in between revenues and expenditures and we dwindle it down to about 6 hundred 50 thousand dollars and tonight we moved it further down to about approximately 300-thousand dollars. We're making progress, we just have to do a little more digging and do more cutting," Barry Blount, Americus Mayor.

Nothing is final and closing a fire station hasn't been ruled out yet

The next budget meeting will be Monday at 4:30.

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