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Beaumont city council make cuts to create surplus

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 01:13 AM CDT
BEAUMONT - by Jennifer Gordy

Beaumont city leaders are looking for ways to cut the budget, but not because the city's in financial trouble.

"Overall, we're financially stable," said Ward 4 city council member Jamie Smith. "It's just that we're trying to cut back about two million dollars looking out towards the future."

Smith said the city is looking to cut positions through attrition, meaning positions that are vacated may not be refilled.

All in an effort to make sure the city has a surplus on hand for the next fiscal year in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane.

"Immediately, if something happens we can start mobilizing our group get them out there get things cleaned up for our citizens," said Smith.

The budget also includes $7.5 million a year to rebuild city streets.

"We need a little bit more work done in say the north side of town and areas like where I live," said Beaumont resident Oscar Taylor. "I live in Old Town and our streets are really in bad shape."

Smith says the removal of these railroad tracks will allow easier access to Riverfront Park where the city hopes for future development along the river.

"We're all about redeveloping and making downtown as viable as we possibly can," Smith said.

That sounds like a good idea to life-long Beaumont resident Oscar Taylor.

"We need tourist attractions, he said. "We need areas like that."

Council member Smith made another point.

"I don't want people to think we are cutting back because we are in financial difficulty. That's just not true," he said. "We're just trying to look forward to the future."

A future in which the city has a rainy day surplus should the need arise.
Beaumont city council make cuts to create surplus

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