Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Dover officials to tackle projected 5-year deficit

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Associated Press,Delaware,Budgets and Deficits

DOVER, Del. (AP) — City officials in Dover will face several difficult decisions in the new year to address a projected $7 million deficit over the next five years.

City Council President David Bonar tells The News Journal he and his colleagues may have to consider raising property taxes or implementing cost-cutting measures. Bonar says there is no desire to cut services. He says Dover officials have not started discussing the possibility of any layoffs.

City Manager Scott Koenig says a tax hike is likely in order to avoid service cuts.

The council passed a $132 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Councilman and former Mayor James Hutchison Sr. is leading an ad hoc committee to examine the city's operations and help form next year's budget.

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