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      Mayor set to release operating budget Monday

      M ayor Mike Bell will release the 2013 operating budget in city council chambers Monday afternoon.

      A ccording to the mayor's office this budget will focus on public safety , recommending a new police and fire class be hired next year.

      B ut the city says because of a loss of $14.7 Million from budget cuts and reduced tax revenues, the city will have to dip into it's capital improvements fund to balance the general fund.

      O ther areas of attention will focus on street and road construction. As well as renovating fire station 3 and building new fire station 12. The $32 million dollar projects will come up in another budget in December.