City of Greensboro looking to reduce spending

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro City Council is looking at ways to save more than $3.5 million in spending. That money will come from cuts to some city services and jobs.

The council approved a plan proposed by Councilman Mike Barber last week.

"We've got roads we've got to pave. That's not a political cliché right now. We've got to pave some roads. We've got to get back to the very basics that people pay their taxes for," said Barber.

One part of the plan includes eliminating 195 funded, unfilled positions. The city is also looking at reducing roster employees, who work primarily at the Coliseum and with the Parks and Recreations Department. The plan also includes reducing city meetings by 25-50 percent to redirect time out to customer service.

Barber says essential city programs, like loose leaf collection, will not be affected by cuts. In fact, Barber hopes to expand the loose leaf collection program next year.

"We want to provide the best possible services. We want to make sure we provide the essential services, then look for those extra things that the private sector can take care of," said Barber.

Barber says these are long-term cuts that will go into effect as soon as possible. City leaders will look at ways to implement the proposed plan in the next 30-45 days.

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