N.O. City Council members take 10 percent pay cut

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans City Council members say they're taking a 10 percent salary cut to help shave an estimated $67 million deficit in the current budget.

Council spokeswoman Evelyn Pugh said Friday that the dollar amount has not been calculated. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said that he inherited a $67.5 million deficit. He has ordered almost all city workers to be furloughed 11 days through the end of the year - one day per two-week pay period - to save $6.7 million.

Other moves include renegotiating contracts, cutting overtime and pension payments, some Police Department layoffs and using $23 million in one-time money from an insurance settlement.

The council and mayor have announced a series of community meetings, one in each council district, to hear residents' budget priorities.

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