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City looking to trim budget in 2015

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -  Mayor Tim Kabat and members of the city's Budget Parameter Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss next year's budget, expected to closely resemble the 2014 budget that included roughly $72 million in expenses and $35 million pay-in from residents.

Though the numbers aren't even close to being finalized, Kabat would like to see the budget reduced by as much as $500,000. He'll spend the next few months reviewing the needs of every city department, and then present an executive budget plan this fall.

Kabat said a big factor in the saving will likely be the possible restructuring of the city council, which on Thursday will decide whether or not to reduce its size from 17 members to only 13 beginning in 2017.

"I think if we can get more effective in utilizing technology and having an executive team that's been talked about of five, six, seven department leaders who are managing the resources of multiple departments, (they) will have better flexibility to move those resources around," he said.

Kabat couldn't estimate Wednesday how much money specifically could be cut from the budget, but said the impact might be reduced because last year's budget had a carryover of about $1.2 million.

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