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St. Louis seeks resident input on budget shortfall



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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- City officials in St. Louis know they face a hard time making ends meet in the upcoming fiscal year, and they're asking residents for ideas on how to deal with the expected shortfall.

City leaders say they expect a roughly $46 million shortfall for fiscal 2011 due to decreasing revenue and the rising cost of employee pensions.

The law requires cities to have a balanced budget. Mayor Francis Slay says the city is seeking to identify unneeded redundancies and inefficiencies while retaining funds for top priorities such as police work and keeping neighborhoods clean.

The fiscal year begins July 1.

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