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COMMITTEE, FULL COUNCIL PLACE BUDGET ON AGENDA

The Common Council has scheduled a debate for Tuesday night on a budget resolution, but Mayor William J. Quinlan's updated spending proposal for 2005-06 will first have to pass muster in a committee meeting of aldermen, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Aldermen have predicted that the proposal could exceed the $19,748,659 draft they received last Tuesday, which was rejected by the panel without any public discussion. A large contingent of city workers and a smattering of residents attended the meeting and appealed to the mayor and the Council to refrain from job cuts and elimination of services.

That plan had been offered by the mayor after Council members objected to a $20 million package to be funded in part by a proposed 9.8 percent tax increase. The lawmakers also will decide whether to schedule a May 7 auction to sell 10 city properties and to update the fee schedule for the Department of Public Works.

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