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Jackson confirms budget deficit, cuts ahead

The mayor of Jackson has suggested that the city needs to make cuts, as it has exhausted its fund balance and dipped into emergency reserves.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that during a Thursday budget meeting Mayor Tony Yarber proposed cutting Summer Youth Employment Program, funding provided to outside agencies, non-essential purchase or travel requests and non-emergency overtime not previously approved.

Yarber also recommends enacting a hiring freeze for non-essential employees.

The city is required to keep 7.5 percent of its general budget in an emergency fund. Under the current budget, the emergency fund should be about $9 million currently, but projections have it falling to about $1.39 million at the end of the year.

Yarber says he plans to divert any revenue exceeding the city’s needs to the reserve.

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