Iorio Freezes Tampa's Budget

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio
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TAMPA (2007-04-12) Cities and counties - many of whom are nervous about tax rollbacks and a loss of money - are closely watching tax reform legislation in Tallahassee.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio isn't waiting for a final bill. She's ordered a hiring and budget freeze. And, because city costs will go up no matter what, she told city supervisors to prepare for additional cuts.

Iorio says 75 percent of the city budget goes to services such as police, fire, parks and recreation. So, those departments can expect cuts.

And, city money to non-profit agencies like the Florida Aquarium and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will be reduced.

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