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Glendale officials: Proposed budget cuts real

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The city of Glendale is in trouble, and city leaders want everyone to know it.

Hundreds of employees and programs are on the chopping block as the city braces for a major budget crisis.

The Glendale City Council held a public workshop Tuesday to discuss potential budget problems and possible options.

Officials told residents that if a recent sales tax hike is overturned on Election Day, they'll be forced to cut services and eliminate more than 200 jobs, many of them police and fire positions.

"We can no longer cut fat, now we're cutting bone," said Justin Harris, president of the Glendale Law Enforcement Association. "It's going to drastically reduce our ability to provide the kind of service citizens of Glendale are accustomed to."

Tuesday's workshop provided the public a chance to hear how the City Council will handle the potential $24 million budget shortfall they'll be facing if Prop 457 passes in November.

CBS5 did some digging to determine whether the proposed cuts are real or simply scare tactics by the city.

Glendale city spokeswoman Jennifer Stein said the numbers are real.

"It's scary, but its not a scare tactic," said Stein. "These are realistic proposed cuts and if we don't receive the $20 to $25 million, we won't have the funds to support the services."

Glendale resident Bill Demski is not convinced.

He said that the city has mismanaged hundreds of millions of dollars over the years and he should not have to pay for their incompetence.

"The little guy is just getting squeezed like a turnip," said Demski. "How much can a taxpayer take?"

Some of the other cuts being discussed include shutting down libraries,  the aquatic center and eliminating all downtown events, like Glendale Glitters and the Chocolate Affair.

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