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City Of Las Vegas Faces Budget Shortfall

Las Vegas officials say the city will have to dip into reserve funds and cut expenses like frequent lawn mowing at parks to cover a $3.1 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

City manager Betsy Fretwell says the deficit was caused by a cap on property taxes and sales tax collections that were lower than expected. The city's general fund is about $535 million.

Fretwell says at least half the city's departments will need to cut their budgets by 2 percent, which could mean slightly longer waits for some services and letting grass at city parks grow longer before cutting.

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the city council unanimously approved the tentative 2017 budget Wednesday.

It's been sent to the state for final approval next month.