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Mayor mum on spending areas to be cut

March 03, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

During private meetings, Hagerstown's mayor and City Council members have agreed to $775,000 in cuts to the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II refused to say exactly where the savings would come from.

"You'll just have to wait until March 31," Bruchey said.

March 31 is the date the city administrator is expected to present a balanced budget to the City Council.

Bruchey announced the value of the budget cutting measures Tuesday morning during his State of the City Address.

If implemented, those cuts would represent 70 percent of the funds needed to offset the projected $1.1 million general fund budget deficit.

During an interview later Tuesday Bruchey said a final decision hadn't been made on any of the proposed cuts.

"No decisions have been made ... these options have not been voted on," he said.

But there were "options presented and options agreed to," during executive sessions, he said.

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Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Bruchey said some of the money-saving measures that were discussed include cutting unfilled but budgeted staff positions and postponing purchases or construction projects.

"We're trying not to touch people or services," Bruchey said.

He said none of the options discussed call for laying off current city employees.

Bruchey and City Council members met behind closed doors to discuss the budget again Tuesday evening, Bruchey said.

"Most of the discussion is focused around personnel," Bruchey said.

He refused to say if any more agreements had been reached.

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