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Petal city leaders working on budget

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PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal city leaders met for their fourth budget meeting Wednesday night.

City leaders and department heads have been working to secure a tight budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

Mayor Hal Marx said the city is anticipating $6.7 million in revenue, but they are only budgeting for $6.4 million in hopes of gaining a surplus to carry the city over for the following year.

Marx said the city isn't planning anymore cuts, and are trying to boost existing services by installing a new computer system at the police department.

The Department will also purchase eight new patrol cars through a lease purchase program, which will help the department save on yearly maintenance.

The city has also hired two part-time recreational department employees to help maintain the citys ball fields.

"We feel like this is going to be a really good realistic budget, and this is going to take us out of that hole and next year instead of talking about a deficit we'll be talking about a surplus, which is where we want to be."

Marx said city leaders will meet at least two more times before they hold a public hearing on the budget.

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