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Cleon Wall reportingRead his lips: no new property taxes. Salt Lake City's mayor says he's got better ideas to bridge a budget gap.
Mayor Ralph Becker says the city is short $23 million, but he hopes a bunch of little things will make up for that. "We haven't raised our parking-ticket fees in a dozen years. You know, that's been a while," he said.
Becker hopes to reduce fuel costs with electric or alternative-fuel vehicles. He's also asking city employees to cut down on electricity.
"Just altering our thermostats and asking people to be more energy conscious in their use of buildings, and [we're] planning to save $100,000 through that kind of an effort," Becker said.
He also plans on tapping into the city's fund balance.