Flagstaff may cut workers, slash programs

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FLAGSTAFF -- The city of Flagstaff has joined the string of governments across the state poised to slash jobs and programs as tax collections plummet.

City Manager Kevin Burke told employees on Friday to prepare for drastic cuts that could amount to nearly 20 percent in the budget year that begins on July 1.

Burke says the city faces an estimated $13 million gap between revenue and expenditures. With cuts already imposed this year, the city's general fund budget is roughly $67 million.

He's asked department heads to propose ways to cut spending and says everything is on the table.

Burke also says that public safety agencies aren't immune. If they were, every other department could have to cut nearly 60 percent.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun