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City leaders talk budget

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A large crowd filled the Hartwell Recreation Center on Monday to talk about the city's budget.

The city of Cincinnati faces a $28 million budget shortfall, which is $8 million more than city leaders thought it was last month.

City officials say layoffs are not inevitable and will begin August 6. It's unclear how many employees will be affected.

City Manager Milton Dohoney said during Monday's city finance committee special meeting that layoffs alone would not solve the city's budget problems.

Dohoney says for every $1 saved through layoffs, the city would have to pay 61 cents in costs for things such as unemployment and severance. He said concessions and restructuring are needed.

"For every buck we're only getting 39 cents, now if you were a lone shark on the street, that might be great, but it ain't great for what we're doing," said Dohoney.

Several unions were present at Monday's meeting to give their opinion, but no votes were taken.

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