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City looking to operate leaner

GULFPORT — The newest Gulfport City Council members are using their business experience to save the city money on purchases and to open professional contracts to more local firms.

Council members have worked with the administration to make changes they hope will save the city 20 to 25 percent, or $250,000, of the money spent each year on supplies. Council members Cara Pucheu and Rusty Walker said businesses also have been willing to offer discounts because of an anemic economy and council questions about why some services cost so much.

Mayor George Schloegel’s background as a banker, and the council’s combination of business skills, have helped the city cut costs, increase competition and avoid duplication.

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