It isn't clear whether the city's unions are going to go along with a request to make concessions in order to prevent layoffs.
Mayor Art Ward said he still hopes that each of the city's unions would agree that saving jobs is their priority "but that's not my decision to make."
Talks are still going on, he said.
"Everything is open until the end of business" today, the mayor said.
On Wednesday, at a closed-door City Council session, the details of whatever has gone on in the negotiations will be discussed with the six city councilors. Perhaps some decisions will be made after the executive session.
Ward said he has no choice other than "to fill that monetary void" in the budget with savings from concessions or layoffs.
"Everybody has to share the pain, unfortunately," the mayor said.
It's virtually certain that at least some layoffs will be necessary, officials said.
The picture will be clear on Thursday when the Board of Finance and City Council hold a joint meeting, in public, to approve a final $170 million spending plan that freezes property taxes and balances expected revenue with spending.
After that, officials will start trying to figure out how to cope with next year, when the situation looks more dire.*******
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