Layoffs Possible In City Government

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Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry is warning that the tough times will hit the city's upcoming budget hard.

Appearing for a taping of "Kentucky Newsmakers," Newberry also said no area can be kept off limits from the budget cutting ax, including public safety.

"Police, fire and corrections amount to 54-percent of our general fund budget. So, if you're looking at reductions of any consequence...and we are... just can't eliminate public safety, which most people say is the fundamental thing that local government does," Newberry said.

Newberry says receipts from the payroll tax are way off, but he points out Lexington is still in better shape than many cities around the country.

The entire interview runs Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. on WKYT and repeats Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on CWKYT.

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