(KMOV) -- Belleville's aldermen voted and approved three layoffs Wednesday night. This move alone saves the city more than $150,000.
City leaders are concerned that the state of Illinois will continue to run behind on payments, if not deciding to reduce funding altogether.
Other cost-saving measures approved include early retirements, the formation of a seven-member audit committee to look at the city's finances, and two local unions decided not to take pay raises next year.
While many changes were made Wednesday evening, the discussion over the budget is not over yet. Next Monday, the city is hosting a public hearing to get the community involved.
Currently, the state of Illinois owes Belleville close to one million dollars.
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