The City of Austin is currently developing the operating budget for fiscal year 2012. Based on revenue projections and spending cost drivers, the City is looking to close a budget gap of $9.8 million. This assumes a three cent increase in the current tax rate (per $100 of assessed property value).
In recent years, the City of Austin has taken numerous steps to reduce expenditures. For example, in fiscal year 2010 all City employees went without pay increases. In fiscal year 2011 the City eliminated and repurposed vacant positions in several departments, repurposed funding for the Trail of Lights toward parks grounds maintenance, and reduced funding for the LBJ High School Fire Academy.
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