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Nacogdoches city officials say looming budget cuts will mean "new normal"

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – A new definition of normal. That's what Nacogdoches city officials say the public should prepare for, under looming state and federal budget cuts.

City officials say they expect everyone to feel the impact of shrinking public funding.

"We don't receive a tremendous amount from the state, but the impact will be noticeable. Still, there won't be any drastic change," said Jim Jeffers, City Manager. 

Jeffers says there's a big question mark next to the exact dollar amount at stake. The estimate is around $100,000 – $150,000.

Monday night, council members identified areas of the budget where cuts are inevitable. One major item on the table is mental health and police transport. If funding is cut, police officers may have to transport mentally handicapped individuals all the way to El Paso, limiting our resources here at home.

"We'll have policeman literally on the road all the time," explained Jeffers.

He says the other big item on the table is emergency management. That's expected to lose $75,000 worth of funding.

There's a whole laundry list of city programs that could go unfunded by the state in 2012. They include:

911 Services - $34,000

Emergency Management - $75,000

Mixed Drink Tax (to crack down on DWI's/other violations) - $89,000

Mental Health- Police Transport

Reduced Employment/Training Programs

Texas Historic Commission

Texas Department of Rural Affairs

Library - $11,000

Texas Parks and Wildlife Grants

Recycle Grants - $22,000

This information might be overwhelming for a lot of people. Nacogdoches city officials are assuring the public the city will be okay. While East Texans will take notice of these cuts, city officials point out that Nacogdoches wasn't getting much state funding to begin with. It's predicted many of these programs could return after two years.

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