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City Council to adopt 2015 budget Thursday

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Some New Orleans city departments could see funding cuts Thursday. City Council is expected to adopt the 2015 budget.

City Council spent the last three weeks hearing from all department heads about their needs for the coming year. The 2015 budget is expected to be adopted Thursday morning.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu highlighted how he would like to see the money spent earlier this year, calling for a 5 percent pay raise for police and enough funding to hire 150 new officers.

However, other department heads within the city's justice system say they need more money. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman told the council he needed $62.6 million to run the prison next year, more than double what the mayor recommended to be allocated to him.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he needs about $600,000 more to avoid cuts.

“In an effort to allow the city to bridge its financial shortfalls, we have operated on the wish and a prayer for the last three years,” said Cannizzaro. “I'm looking at the possibility of losing certain programs that have been extremely effective in this community such as diversion and victims, witness counselors.”

Council is expected to adopt the 2015 budget at its meeting late Thursday morning.

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