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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio presented her fiscal year 2009 budget before the City Council today.
The mayor said she went about preparing the budget by focusing on five guiding principals. Along with protecting key services for constituents and looking at better ways of doing business, a goal is to "strategically shrinking the size of government."
Next month all local governments throughout Florida will be conducing final public hearings on their fiscal year budgets. With decreased revenues coming in because of Amendment One and the struggling economy, those budget cuts could be brutal.
But Iorio says she doesnâ€™t expect angst at Tampa City Council hearings. And the mayor said she took pride in not significantly cutting arts funding.
Iorio said the city will continue to spend more on basic infrastructrure, like street resurfing and sidewalks. She says the city will hire new firefighters, regardless of whether the city is able to get a grant to cover the cost.
Iorio said the city will spend $2 million purchasing the lobby of the Tampa Theatre.
Iorio said the city will spend money on water projects and stormwater drainage, a longstanding issue in many Tampa neighborhoods.
Several council members, such as Mary Mulhern, complemented the mayor on her budget.