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The city is "financially stressed," representatives of the state Comptroller's Office told city officials during a closed door meeting last Friday, Mayor Margaret Wuerstle said Monday.

The representatives offered the services of various programs in the comptroller's office, she added. One had to do with consolidation of services and another with cutting costs.

The Common Council must write to the comptroller asking for a review of the mayor's proposed 1998 budget. The letter is being composed now, the mayor said.

The Council has been reviewing the proposed $11,554,221 general fund budget, which shows a $677,258 decrease in spending and a tax levy that remains at $6,012,930. The proposed tax rate is $13.11 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which reflects revaluation. The 1997 rate was $36.44 per $1,000.

A public hearing will be held in November and the budget must be adopted by Dec. 15.

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