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Tulsa looks to tackle $10M budget shortfall

Tulsa looks to tackle $10M budget shortfall

CREATED Mar 17, 2014

 TULSA, Okla. (AP) City leaders in Tulsa are scrambling to shore up what's become at least a $10 million budget shortfall this year because of perpetually sluggish sales tax returns. And some say there could be layoffs to make budget ends meet before the fiscal year ends June 30.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett has instructed department leaders to come back to him with how they can run their shops better. Buildings the city once used are also being unloaded for cash or to consolidate operations and a hiring freeze continues at City Hall.

Bartlett said he doesn't anticipate layoffs of furloughs as he tries to get this year's books in the black before tackling the 2015 budget, which is already producing its own set of challenges.

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