Wilm. City Council could vote on budget

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council members could make their first vote on the 2009-2010 budget Tuesday night.  There will be two more votes before the budget is finalized.

Council members have been able to slim the budget by 10% without raising taxes or cutting jobs, but they fear the worst isn't over yet.

"I feel like a little lamb off in the corner somewhere with a couple of lions pacing back and fourth looking hungry at me," said Jim Quinn.

Quinn said city council members have no idea which fund the state could cut.

The city, county, and Cape Fear Utility Authority have a three-way agreement where the county will pay nearly $2 million over five years.

"Refine the agreement so we can scale it back this year," said county manager Bruce Shell.  "If we don't use that money for the balance for the authority we'll use that money to support a fund balance."

Quinn said the city is having a tough time, but still plans to honor the deal and the county should too.

"We have a contract, we have an agreement and I'm not in favor of it," said Quinn.  "I know they're having a tough time but so are we."

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