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Scappoose City Council approves new budget

Despite plans to reduce the budget by a little more than $3 million, the city of Scappoose has yet to experience significant budgetary cuts.

City Manager Jon Hanken said there aren't many surprises or changes to the 2011-2012 budget, which was approved by a unanimous vote Monday evening.

'Ever since I've been here I've done everything I can to save a nickel,' Hanken said. 'That's provided us with a little cushion in tough economic times but next year we'll be in the same boat as other cities.'

Hanken said being fiscally conservative with the city budget has helped avoid heavier cuts since the economic slump began, but the city's backup funds are largely diminished.

'We've worked very diligently and done with less employees,' Hanken said.

But next year, due to waning coffers and a slowed pace for new building and development, Hanken expects to make more severe cuts.

'Next year is not going to be pretty,' he said. 'Nothing is moving fast until we get out of this economic slump.'

Total expenditures for all funds are estimated to total $11.9 million for the new budget.