Meridian Reacts to Decreased Revenues

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The city of Meridian is feeling the pinch of the tough economy, and that means cuts.

City officials announced Wednesday that city revenues for the 2010 fiscal year are already down about $288,000 from this time a year ago.

Mayor Cheri Barry outlined where those cuts would come at a news conference.

Barry explained the cuts will be made across-the-board. Some departments will see a 2% reduction, while others will get an 11% cut. The mayor said the difference is based on how each department impacts services to the public.

Barry said a hiring freeze is in place, but also no layoffs. The city will closely evaluate any positions that are currently vacant, to determine whether it's necessary to fill them or not.

Meridian chief administrative officer Mark McDonald says the city's take-home vehicle policy is one alteration to help with the budget shortfall.

"All of the department heads, with the exception of the fire department, the police department, will be giving up their vehicles," said McDonald.

The new take-home vehicle policy will start Feb. 15.

Meridian city officials will also be revising and analyzing the city's cell phone plans and usage, looking for ways to save.

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