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Johnson looking to cut budget, plug hole

JACKSON — Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson wants to trim the Capital City’s budget by $1 million.

Johnson told the city council March 24 he also wants to take another $1.3 million from money unspent in prior budget years to plug a $2.3-million hole caused by lower sales-tax revenues.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Johnson doesn’t expect layoffs or cuts to services because the city saved $1.45 million in the first quarter by putting off purchases, limiting overtime and holding back on filling some positions. The $1 million in cuts will be taken from those savings.

The full council will take up the matter at a special meeting March 29 at which the cuts either will be approved or sent to the Budget Committee for study.

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