St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster mulls budget cuts
ST. PETERSBURG — The bleak economy is testing the limits of a city that prides itself on providing a good quality of life for its residents.
Libraries, pools and parks face drastic cuts that could limit the hours they are open or could close them altogether. The city's water resources department will consider rate increases this year to cover shortfalls. City landmarks like Sunken Gardens, the Mahaffey Theater, the Coliseum and the marina anticipate cutting back on upkeep, which could threaten the aesthetic appeal they need to succeed.
Even the police and fire departments, which have expenses that are considered the easiest to defend politically, are mulling cuts that would have been unimaginable a few years ago.
This is what awaits Bill Foster as he enters his first budget season as mayor. He will weigh cuts big and small that cover a wide array of services that touch upon almost every aspect of city life. Read more about the proposed budget cuts here.