Bossier up against the deficit

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 2:40pm

BOSSIER CITY — Bossier City Council met Tuesday to discuss budget problems.

The council learned last week they would have cut a significant number of jobs to balance next year's budget.

Officials were quiet on the final number of employees to be cut, but those numbers are likely to be released Thursday.

The deficit is about 6 million dollars, which comes out to be about 12 percent of the 50.3 million dollar city budget.

The cuts could have a much larger affect on the city than just lost jobs. It could affect the cities much touted Class 1 rating for fire coverage.

Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker defended the budget saying,

"Given the level of service, [this year's budget] was indeed a conservative budget."

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