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City of Tallahassee faces budget cuts from sequester

Posted at 6:14 PM, Mar 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-05 14:21:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The city of Tallahassee's Mayor John Marks is concerned that automatic spending cuts could have an effect on the city.

"We'll have to cut services or increase the revenues that we receive," said Mayor John Marks.

Those are the two options Tallahassee mayor john marks says the city will have as they approach possible budget cuts.

The cuts stem from the $85 billion dollar automatic spending cuts which went into effect March 1st.

Mayor Marks showed us pictures of his recent two day meeting in Washington with the United State conference of mayors.

They met with national leaders to discuss impacts the community and the sequester.

Mayor Marks says of course the spending cuts was the main focus.

"It is a big deal because we cannot create the kind of jobs in our community to help support the kind of services that we need to bring to our citizens here in Tallahassee," said Mayor Marks.

Marks says the list of cuts grows even longer, including school funding, transportation, and the meals on wheels program. The program now facing a 5 percent budget cut is headed by the elder care services in Leon county. it provides more than 300 seniors with daily lunches.

It's one meal Amber Tynan, the agency's spokeswoman says seniors in our area really need.

"Its extremely critical, a lot of our seniors are home bound, they have no family no caregiver and with our meals on wheels program Monday through Friday that's the only socialization or interaction they have with the outside world," said Tynan.

Tynan says this means they'll have to cut their meals down by at least 3500 meals and many of the seniors will suffer.

Like Tynan the mayor doesn't want to see cuts to any services but says its up to congress to make a decision.

"The sooner we get an answer from Washington D.C. the better off we all will be," said Mayor Marks.