City to vote on final budget tonight

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In a few short hours theCity of Tucson will decide how it is going to spend resident's tax dollars.

The final budget should beapproved at a meeting later this evening, with a final budget estimate of $1.3billion.  The public will be able to addtheir comments on this final budget, at a public meeting before city officialsvote on it.

According to the City ofTucson, all full time city employees will get a $0.55 per hour raise; some 911dispatch operators, as well as police and fire employees will get a largerraise.  All of this is to try and keepthe city jobs competitive, however there are many shortfalls looming in thefuture.

These include an increasein pensions, and a deficit in the general fund that gets larger through theyears.  City leaders say revenues will goup, but it will take time.

There will be a publichearing before the final budge it adopted, it will be held at 5:30 p.m.tonight.

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