City approves 2012 budget

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- They've sliced, diced, and trimmed the city budget for months now and Tuesday night city council finally approved the spending plan.

It was the public's last chance to vent to council about the budget for fiscal year 2012.

But at the end of the night it would make little difference.  After months of work council members had already made up their minds.

"I believe that we have done our best to ask everyone to pay their fair share," said Councilwoman Karin Uhlich.

It passed by a 6 to 1 vote, the only voice speaking out against it, that of Councilman Steve Kozachik.

Kozachik fundamentally disagreed with leaving transportation untouched, while police and fire take a 7.5% cut.

The final budget looks a lot like the one council members first looked at back in February.

Parks and Rec will face a $3 million cut while police and fire will see $15 million less in their respective budgets.

Everyone agrees the process was not easy and definitely wasn't perfect.

"This has been the toughest budget process that I've been through," said Mayor Bob Walkup.

And council members think deep down, the public knows how difficult this budget year was.