Mar 5, 2010 10:14 PM by News First 5
Budget talks in Colorado Springs are already underway for 2011 with city employees.
"It's not a real happy meeting," said J.J. Halsey, a fire fighter and union member who attended a meeting on Thursday.
"Basically she outlined the obstacles and the issues that are facing us for the future budget session," he said.
Because the city is projecting a $27 million budget shortfall in 2011, Penny Culbreth-Graft is holding the annual meetings a little earlier than usual. A city spokeswoman says the meetings give employees the chance to offer ideas about how to fill the deficit.
"There's such a big budget gap that has to be met that ... it's pretty inevitable that things are not going to go well for a lot of people," said Halsey.
Later this year, Culbreth-Graft will give her recommendations to city council.