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Oklahoma City council considers $9 million budget cuts

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OKLAHOMA CITY – City leaders say tough times are only getting tougher in Oklahoma City.

The city council pushed forward another round of across-the-board budget cuts to a public hearing on Tuesday morning, proposing to trim an extra $9 million to balance the books.

Those cuts will affect the police department and the fire department.

“When you’re having to cut officers to a staff that’s already below what we really need, it has more of an impact. That being said, at some point, you’re going to have to figure out how to fund operations because if you don’t have the money, you can’t have it,” said Chief Bill Citty, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Economists don’t expect things to improve right away, even with the holiday shopping season ahead of us.

They say Oklahoma City shoppers are still hesitant to spend, even as the oil industry recovers.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the cuts at its Dec. 6 meeting.