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City Begins Work On Annual Budget

February 1st, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland mayor and city council, along with City Administrator Jeff Rhodes and Comptroller Joe Urban last week began the process to create and adopt its $35 million annual budget. The city’s fiscal budget runs from July 1 to June 30. The group plans to meet monthly to discuss the budget, which they hope can be adopted by June. Cumberland’s bottom line is expected to benefit from early state projections of an increase of $527,000 to the city in highway user revenues, a reimbursement from the state for maintaining its roads and highways. The city may also receive $100,000 in police protection contributions from the state. The city had a $2.9 million surplus with the 2012 budget. Last year, in addition to retirements and some jobs not being filled- the city slashed the position of administrative assistant. Councilman David Kauffman tells WCBC News that in difficult budget times, personnel reductions are always a possibility- but he doesn’t view that as likely this year…

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