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Glendale could slash $6 million, 64 jobs from budget

The new mayor of Glendale and the City Council meets today for the first time since election day. The council will vote on a proposal to cut the city’s budget.

Glendale’s Mayor Elaine Scruggs and the City Council are expected to vote on a proposal to cut the city’s budget by $6 million. That’s an equivalent of 64 full time positions. The proposed cuts come after a city council vote in Novemberto pay the anticipated new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes $300 million over 20 years to manage the team and the arena. If the city council approves the new budget, layoffs and cutbacks will begin within several weeks. Among the departments affected are Public Works, Park and Recreations, Communications, and Finance. The city council meeting starts at 7 p.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE (1/9/2013): This story has been modified to reflect the Tuesday, Jan. 8 Glendale City Council meeting was the last council meeting with exiting Mayor Elaine Scruggs. Mayor-Elect Jerry Weiers will be sworn in at an installation ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 15.