Natchez officials managed to equalize nearly $800,000 deficit with budget cuts

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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — Natchez officials say they've managed to equalize a nearly $800,000 deficit in the budget through adjusting revenues, budget cuts and a great deal of discussion.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen met Monday for a budget work session, during which Mayor Butch Brown went through individual revenues and expenses that were adjusted, and in some cases corrected, to balance the budget.

The Natchez Democrat reports ( ) the city's overall $37.7 million budget has a nearly $3 million surplus, but included a $857,199 deficit in the general fund.

Brown said he, department heads and City Clerk Donnie Holloway worked last week to eliminate that deficit.

Other adjustments to the budget included a suggestion to hold off on equipment purchasing for two city departments — public works and the police department.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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