Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Starts Planning For Budget.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Albuquerque officials said Friday they have no plans to cut youth programs and will look for savings throughout city government to balance next year's budget.

"We have no plans at this point to cut any youth or social programs, but rather (are) evaluating all city programs for efficiency," said Chief Administrative Officer Lawrence Rael in a written statement that was distributed Friday.

A forecast released by the city this week projects city programs could cost 2.6 percent more than the city will receive in fiscal 2002, which begins July 1.

On Thursday, Rael said he has asked department directors to scour their plans. …

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