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Mayor proposes revised budget

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By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -  Mayor Littlefield says he has heard from litany of people in the community who are against the property tax increase.

He is now proposing a 39-cent increase, that's well below the original proposed increase of 64 cents.

The meetings on the budget continued Tuesday.

The mayor says in order to keep providing services more cuts will be handed down.  One of those includes eliminating one of two police academies for next year.

[View the mayor's budget presentation]

He is also proposing to close a fire station and move that group to the new station at Enterprise South.

Council Chairman Manny Rico says city leaders are getting closer to finalizing this budget, but there is still much work to do.

"There are some people that wont be satisfied, but after seeing the mayor's proposal, things are tough," Chairman Rico says. "We are really cutting into the meat now."

Mayor Littlefield also suggests cutting benefits to workers age 65 or older who aren't eligible right now.

He also hopes to save by shutting down a couple rec centers and cutting the personnel there.

We'll bring you more from the budget talks on Eyewitness News at Six.

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