A proposed $583 million Fort Worth City budget closes a $49 million funding gap — primarily by using surplus funds — but it also would trim the Arts Council of Tarrant County’s money by a quarter, from $1.06 million.
According to the Star-Telegram:
In a move certain to spark debate, it also trims spending on the Arts Council of Tarrant County, the United Way of Tarrant County, minority chambers of commerce, and city partnerships for the homeless and gang intervention.
It gives no employee pay raises, increases employee health insurance contributions 8 percent, freezes 17 job openings and contains minimal potential layoffs. The city is reclassifying about 20 library jobs and is working on moving displaced employees into other positions.
“It’s not a comfortable budget, but it’s basic city services: infrastructure, police, water, fire,” Mayor Betsy Price said in an interview after the presentation.
“Then we’ll look at everything else.”