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City council votes on more budget cuts for Wilmington

More budget cuts are in the city of Wilmington's future. City council will vote Tuesday night on whether to transfer about $4 million from construction projects into the city's general funds. Transferring the money will delay some projects, but it will also help balance the budget and avoid having to raise property taxes. The projects will not be completely taken off the table, just pushed back to future fiscal years. They include work on Dawson and Wooster streets, street paving and sidewalk improvements, constructing some right turn lanes and other work. This will save about $4 million of the city's $8 million shortfall; another $4 million was saved by making cuts in several city departments. Mayor Bill Saffo said to get back on track, it's necessary to make some tough decisions. "Just like families around the region - around the area are having to do, we're having to prioritize what is very important to us and what is not as important to us and that is something that we can defer to in future years." Other projects that will have some of their funding taken away this year include work on the Taylor Homes Development on Taylor Street in downtown Wilmington, as well as improvements on City Hall. Tuesday night's council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. WWAY will have a full wrap-up tonight at eleven.

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