Defiance’s city administration said it’s possible some deep budget cuts will be necessary in the coming year.
The city’s finance director outlined $445,700 in proposed budget cuts that he says will be necessary if city voters reject the 0.3 percent income tax increase for police and fire services on Nov. 3.
One thing that is at the top of the list of cut-backs is the Kingsbury pool. If the levy fails, the pool would be closed in order to save more than $76,000.
Other cuts would affect the Tuttle Museum/city historian’s office budget, which would be cut in half to $21,500 and the Community Improvement Corporation funding would be reduced from $50,000 to its previous level of $25,000. Summer youth league subsidies ($18,750 this year) and ball field lighting (estimated at $5,000 annually) would also be eliminated.