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City budget battles continue Tuesday, service cuts discussed

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© The Wilmington City Council continued its discussion on the upcoming fiscal year budget Monday. © The Wilmington City Council continued its discussion on the upcoming fiscal year budget Monday.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington City Council continued its discussion Monday on the upcoming fiscal year budget.

After its regularly scheduled agenda briefing, council attended a budget work session. The elected officials are currently facing a $2.3 million shortfall.

According to city staff reports, the council can make up this shortfall with service reductions, a property tax increase, the use of a fund balance (savings money), or a combination of multiple efforts.

City staff said money could be saved through the elimination of 34 existing positions and 4 new positions.

Those positions could come from the WPD Mounted Patrol, the city's contribution to School Resource Officers, closing the Wallace Avenue Fire Station, reduced code enforcement efforts, closure of the Legion and Northside city pools, or eliminating the city's share of the operating safelight program.

City council has previously stated that employee compensation is their top priority in budgeting this year.

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