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Augusta officials present proposed 2017 fiscal year budget

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Augusta city administrator crunched the numbers and came up with a proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

The estimated budget is $790 million, down by more than $100 million from what the city ended up spending last year.

Officials said they're looking for creative ways to keep the books balanced, like promoting employee wellness programs to cut down on insurance claims and consolidating office space for departments that work closely with one another.

While the city did collect more in property taxes, sales taxes took a tumble, something the city administrator said she's concerned about.

"Anytime your revenue base is not growing, that's something to be concerned about. It's tough trying to make some of the cuts we're trying to make in order to balance it. We'll see how the commission receives those cuts, but at this point, I felt it was necessary in order to make ends meet," said Janice Allen Jackson.

Residents will have a chance to review the budget and provide input during a forum on November 1st at the Municipal Building.

The budget must be balanced and approved by November 15th.

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