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Phoenix looking to cut services facing $37.7 million deficit


State lawmakers aren't the only ones navigating another year of tough cuts. The city of Phoenix is sitting down with a red pen and some people are already sounding off.

The city of Phoenix is faced with a nearly $40 million deficit and is hosting numerous public meetings to get input from the community.

At one meeting in Laveen nearly 200 people showed up to hear the bad news. The city manager is proposing cutting 30 civilian police positions, 26 civilian fire positions, three senior centers, three pools, 13 community centers, seven recreation centers, the central booking facility, two courtrooms, and graffiti cleanup and code enforcement.

To add insult to injury, the city council will be voting Wednesday on a raise for new city manager Ed Zuercher. City leaders said the benefits package isn't as glamorous as the one provided to previous city manager David Cavazos before he left town with a nice pension. But some residents are still ticked off.

"We don't have resources for our kids and our seniors. Our families have to travel a minimum of 30 minutes to get to anything," said Erika Keenan.

"I would like to see him fix our budget issues and be part of Phoenix thriving before our city council approves a budget raise for him,"said Claudine Reifschneider.

"To me it is not a raise. It is following through on the job as posted, and at the bottom of the salary range," said city council member Kate Gallego.

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