City Asks Citizens Where Cuts Should Fall

With severe budget shortfalls, Philadelphia has turned to its citizens to see where the city should make cuts and what citizens are willing to pay to save.

"Cities across America are struggling with such dilemmas as the recession blows holes in their budgets. In Philadelphia, city officials are asking the public to help them decide what to do."

"With painful spending cuts, tax increases, or both on the horizon, the city has conducted a series of public meetings to give citizens the chance for the first time to have their say on the new financial plan before it is drawn up."

"A majority of around 1,800 people who attended the four meetings were willing to pay higher taxes to preserve essential public services."

Full Story: U.S. cities face tough questions in budget squeeze

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