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Shreveport plans to cut nearly 10% of budget

The City of Shreveport plans to cut nearly 10 percent of its budget for next year. The proposed 2013 budget spends about $50 million less than 2012. City staff will present the budget publicly for the first time at the Shreveport City Council meeting today. City staff says the 2013 budget reminds them a lot of 2010 when the country was hit hard by the recession. One of the biggest reasons for the cuts is that sales tax revenues are down. Shreveport's Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Crawford, says some of those cuts came from key departments in the general fund like police and fire. He says those departments won't be able to replace all of the equipment and won't have as much money in their training budgets, but the current budget proposal does not cut any staff or services. The city council will have until December 11, 2012 to make changes and approve a final budget.

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