Bay City commissioners voted Monday night to send a portion of the fiscal year 2013 budget back to City Manager Robert Belleman.
In a 5-4 vote, the commission decided they want Belleman to try to look for additional ways to save in the general fund, which, in turn, would save the city from using $1.6 million from the "rainy day" fund to balance the current, proposed budget.
The $21.7 million general fund budget is the area of concern. Some commissioners want the city to look more closely at ways to save in areas like police and fire, while other commissioners say the city can't afford any more cuts and dipping into the city's reserves is the best option.
Belleman has two weeks to revisit the general fund budget and bring it back to commissioners at the city meeting on June 18. A final budget decision must be made by July 1, when the fiscal year 2013 budget goes into effect.
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