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TRYING TO PLUG THE HOLE A City of Sarasota pie chart shows projected expenses from the general fund for the 2014 fiscal year. Image courtesy City of Sarasota THE CITY COMMISSION HAS NO COMMENTS THIS WEEK ON A PROPOSED 2014 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET STARTING OUT AT $5.7 MILLION IN THE HOLE, WITH A LOSS OF 17 POLICE OFFICERS AND 80 PERCENT OF PAYROLL COSTS PROJECTED TO COVER PENSION OBLIGATIONS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor On Monday, July 8, Sarasota city staffers pre- the coming months, but the Monday presentation represented the sented their spending starting point for displan for the next fiscal Cleanup after a hurricane could cussion. year, which kicks off Oct. 1. City commis- clean [the budget stabilization fund] out City Manager Tom sioners sat in silence in a heartbeat. Barwin led off the as the numbers were workshop. "The budJohn Lege Finance Director presented. The numget continues the reCity of Sarasota bers will change over cessionary discipline

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