Council to meet on budget Thursday

The City Council will hold another of its series of budget meetings Thursday at 2 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

The council is working to trim city expenditures to match the $53 million in available revenue for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins Oct. 1. The budget must be in place by mid-September.

“The biggest challenge is to make these cuts without impacting city services,” said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. “In years past, the city has been spending more money than it has been taking in, and, as a result, we’ve significantly reduced our rainy day fund. It’s just like running your household. You can’t continually dip into your savings.”