Nutter asks for deeper cuts

January 15, 2009 10:44:18 AM PST
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says the city's financial troubles are getting worse. Nutter says the city is facing another $1 billion deficit over the next five years. That's in addition to a $1 billion gap that officials have largely closed through previously announced cuts.

The mayor said Thursday that the crisis stems in part from plunging tax revenues and the worldwide economic meltdown.

Nutter is now asking all department heads to find ways of cutting 10 percent to 30 percent of their budgets. He wouldn't rule out additional layoffs or tax increases.

Nutter had already announced plans to make cuts at city libraries, delay planned tax reductions, close swimming pools and reduce other services.

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