LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas officials say the city will have to dip into reserve funds and cut expenses like frequent lawn mowing at parks to cover a $3.1 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

City manager Betsy Fretwell says the deficit was caused by a cap on property taxes and sales tax collections that were lower than expected. The city’s general fund is about $535 million.

Fretwell says at least half the city’s departments will need to cut their budgets by 2 percent, which could mean slightly longer waits for some services and letting grass at city parks grow longer before cutting.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the city council unanimously approved the tentative 2017 budget Wednesday.

It’s been sent to the state for final approval next month.


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