- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines plans to cut four jobs and adjust certain fees in an effort to erase a $405,000 projected deficit in the next fiscal year.

The city will eliminate three vacant jobs and cut a fourth post according to a 2015-16 budget plan presented at a town hall meeting last week.

Dan Ritter, the city’s interim finance director, says the job cuts will save Des Moines just over $200,000. The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1H2YNwi ) the rest of the deficit will be shaved through increased fees for certain building permits and inspections and adjusted ambulance fees.

Ritter says the projected deficit is minimal compared with those of recent years. He says Des Moines has cut roughly $30 million over the past seven years.

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