City officials facing nearly $3M deficit; must cut expenses

GULFPORT — Gulfport officials must cut expenses for the coming year to avoid a potential budget deficit of $2.8 million.

A majority of council members said during the first work session on the budget yesterday the economy is too bad to subject residents to a tax increase.

Revenue is stagnant, and federal grant funding for the police and fire departments will be down $1.1 million. In addition, the city has removed rent revenue from private casino development in the harbor because financing has failed to materialize.

The Sun Herald reports the administration had proposed a projected increase in court-fine collections, but the council does not want to count on it. Councilman R. Lee Flowers said past projected increases have not come through.

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