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City looks to plug $2.26 million hole

The city of Woodbury could trim services, staff and spending in order to plug a $2.26 million budget hole, but local residents might have to look hard to notice the changes.

City officials are considering delaying some new road construction, eliminating seven staff positions, purchasing fewer vehicles and cutting expenses to balance the 2009 budget.

City Administrator Clint Gridley said the $2.26 million deficit in a roughly $60 million budget is the result of a loss in state tax aid, an increase in delinquent property tax payments, a drop in permit revenue and poor investment earnings.

Gridley some new roadwork would have to wait as funds are transferred to maintenance projects, police response times may be longer because new patrol officers will not be hired and "daily services" provided by city employees could be impacted.

"The loss of staffing, like in any workplace, does put the burden on others to pick up the slack," Gridley said Thursday.

The City Council is expected to approve a budget-balancing plan in August.

See the Aug. 5 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin for more about how the budget changes could affect local residents.