Alexandria City Council weighs deep budget cuts
No intern for the city planning department.
No dispatcher or part-time community service officer for the police department.
A tree removal and replacement program cut nearly in half.
Health insurance costs tightened in every department to reflect a zero percent increase.
Those are just some of the budget-cutting strategies the Alexandria City Council is proposing to make to deal with cuts to the market value homestead credit (MVHC) - reimbursements the state pays to cities for providing property tax relief for those with low incomes.
Based on what's been happening at the state Legislature, the city expects that the MVHC program will be eliminated.
At its meeting Monday night, the council reviewed how it will make up for a loss of all of its MVHC reimbursement - about $235,000.
See Wednesday's Echo Press for more details and other council news.