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Lafayette closer to $500,000 in budget cuts

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 1:09 pm in Lafayette.

The Lafayette City Council asked staff to include more than $500,000 worth of budget reductions in the mid-year budget update they will see on Dec. 13, City Manager Steven Falk said this morning.

Staff made the recommendations and said they were necessary because the city’s five-year budget projections show expenditures outpacing revenues.

Following concerns, primarily from the Chamber of Commerce and business owners, about the recommendation to end city funding of downtown promotional expenses, the council created a subcommittee that will work with the chamber to come up with alternative funding sources, Falk said.

Those expenses, $80,000 annually, include the cost of banners and decorative lighting as well as police and public works support for the Reservoir Run and the Art and Wine Festival.

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