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Cuts, capital improvements highlight Valdosta's proposed budget

Larry Hanson Larry Hanson

Several million dollars in cuts and tens of millions of dollars in capital improvements highlight the city of Valdosta's proposed 2016 budget.

The majority of the capital improvement money was, as of Monday, set to be used to finish replacing the city's old waste water treatment plant and to finish the force main project which will carry the city's sewage to the new treatment plant.

Both projects were, as of Monday, on pace to be completed in early 2016.

City Manager Larry Hanson said balancing the budget wasn't easy. "We had to reduce requests by departments by about $6.2 million to balance the budget. There's about $30 million worth of capital projects in this budget, so there is a lot of construction that will be taking place," Hanson explained.

As of Monday, city council was expected to vote on the budget on the 25th.

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