Ariz. revenue growth won't be normal for years

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Legislature's budget staff says indications are that it's going to be at least three years before state revenue growth returns to normal levels.

Phoenix holding meetings on spending cuts

Legislators got that sober assessment yesterday as they began work on erasing a projected shortfall reportedly nearing $1.6 billion in the current $9.9 billion budget.

Richard Stavneak of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff cited a consensus of several forecasts. The projections expect revenue growth to return to normal in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

State revenue normally grows by about 7 percent annually but dropped by 4.6 percent in the 2007-2008 fiscal year and is expected to be down by 9.2 percent this year.

Faced with a multi-million dollar budget deficit, the city of Phoenix is being forced to make massive spending cuts, but before it does anything it wants the public to weigh in.

To that end, the city is holding a series of meeting to take suggestions from the public about the proposed cuts.

The city held three such meetings Tuesday. One topic that seemed to get quite a bit of attention was graffiti.

Twelve more meetings are scheduled throughout the rest of the month.

For more information on those meetings, visit .

The Associated Press contributed to this report.