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State funding cuts could mean job losses and less city improvement projects in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2015

Ottawa has joined the list of cities urging Governor Bruce Rauner to not follow through on cutting local government’s share of the state income tax by 50 percent.

Finance Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut says if they lost half their state income revenue, it would mean over $900,000 in lost revenue. That would be nearly 8 percent of the city’s entire general fund.

Mayor Bob Eschbach says the city can’t bear it and shouldn’t have to bear it. He says $900,000 is “a lot of employees and a whole lot of road projects”.

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