Bossier City facing budget woes

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - With the tight economy crunching budgets everywhere, one city in the Ark-La-Tex is now facing job cuts.

Bossier City officials say increases in retirement payments and federal payroll taxes are the cause.

Right now, Bossier City officials say the 2010 budget shortfall is estimated at $6.5 million, but surprisingly the city is targeting public safety positions first.

"As far as what administration sees as projected revenue for next year based on the expenditures needed to maintain current level of services and personnel the city is proposing these reductions," says Mark Natale, Bossier City Spokesperson.

Officials still don't know how many positions will be eliminated.

But, Thursday, October 14, another budget meeting is scheduled with city council.

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