Budget cuts to be discussed at council meeting Tuesday

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Killeen’s budget has been quite tight this year, and at a Council Meeting Tuesday, even more penny pinching will unfold. 

“We were told next year, we’re going to have a $2 million dollar shortage than this year, so we need to figure out ways to raise revenues if budget cuts aren’t done, and it’s hard,” said Mayor Jose Segarra. 

Several things are being discussed such as getting rid of the public library, raising taxes, and cutting 50% of The Texas Economic Development Council. The (TEDC) is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas.

Mayor Segarra says hes hopeful a larger business will come in and help out the community, in turn allowing budget cuts not to be so strict. 

He also mentions that he’s proud the citizens are becoming more vocal and care about the communities funds. 

“Not too many times do you get to hear from the citizens, and it’s unfortunate it’s always something negative that brings them out, but I’m happy their talking and are concerned, it’s good because we have the best citizens and we only want the best for the citizens of Killeen,” said Segarra. 

In a budget hearing last week, council members agreed on making about $4.87 million worth of cuts to the operating fund budget.

That leaves about a $1 million shortfall.

The meeting at city hall is open to the public and starts at 5 pm, Tuesday, Septembe 13th. 

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