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Tallahassee facing million-dollar budget deficit

The City of Tallahassee is wondering how it will fill an expected $1.2 million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year.

City Commissioners are starting  to  review  the city's finances in advance of the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

In Wednesday's budget workshop commissioner's agreed one area they WON'T be looking to pull in extra revenue to fill the hole is through an increase property taxes.

Property taxes and home values continue to fall, although the city is faring far better than other parts of the state. And utility revenues are also down, contributing to the budget hole.

However, the community may not like some of the early solutions commissioners discussed. One way to make up the deficit is through cutting the city's contribution to the Council in Culture and Arts-- which has also seen it's support shrink in recent years.

Cuts to social-service agencies, police officers and park closures were also suggested.

The commission is asking for more information and input in upcoming budget workshops.