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Laurel budget half-a-million short

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The city of Laurel is in the midst of its 2010 budget hearing. City officials said they are cutting even more costs than they did in 2009.

The cost of living around the country has increased, and because of that many citizens have had to cut back. Cities are cutting back as well.

Laurel's Chief Administrative Officer Dennis Keveryn said the city is dealing with a significant down turn in sales tax revenue. 

"The city council and administrators are doing whatever it takes to have a balanced budget," said Keveryn. "We are dealing with it in a number of ways. We recently, just the last few months, we eliminated three positions in the city. We are now freezing to other positions, that means we are not going to take them off the charts but we are not going to budget them for right now."

Kelevyn said the city is working to avoid lay-offs. He said some contributions will also be cut out and others will be reduced.

"We are looking everywhere we can, appropriations, budget reductions to try not to do that and the future looks good with everything that is going on."

Right now the city is nearly a half million dollars short in sales tax revenue compared to last year.

Kelveyn said The Dixie Youth World Series held August 7 through 13 is expected to bring in nearly $5 million, but those numbers won't show until 2010. 

City officials said busineses are still coming to Laurel, despite a downturn in sales tax revenue.

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