Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- 4.2% doesn't sound like much of a drop out of a city budget of $225 million but enough to get Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright's attention.
"I'm not over-blowing anything. It's factual," he said.
And so from city hall, a directive to all department heads; slice 5.5% from your budgets, enough to total up around 6 to 7 million dollars, the precise amount the city is missing in sales tax revenues.
The mayor is blaming a sagging national economy for the necessary cuts, an assessment shared by at least one city councilman. Nothing political about this.
"I think it's a prudent move to cut back," said Councilman Willie Cook.
Mayor Bright insists city services won't be cut, no one will lose their jobs, no plans to raise city fees. If the bleeding continues he says he'll look into at dipping into the city's reserve fund which has more than $30 million, more than enough the mayor believes will help the city weather the recession storm for another year or two.
Montgomery County is in the same boat. County sales tax revenues are down by $400,000 although the county's reliance on the sales tax isn't as great as the city's.