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Gainesville City Council gets 1st look at 2013 budget
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Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett will present a recommended budget to Gainesville City Council at its work session today.

The recommended budget is not expected to be drastically different than the $26.7 million general fund budget passed last year.

Padgett has said most departments were asked to keep their expenditures at 2012 levels.

Increased fuel costs and a further decline in property tax revenues are expected to bring challenges in creating a balanced budget that doesn’t require service cuts or changes in the tax rate.

However, there have also been positive signs for local governments in recent months with better-than-expected revenues in the local option sales tax.

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