By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Leaders in Toledo have announced a hiring freeze and other fiscal changes as the city anticipates a growing financial deficit.

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson announced the changes Thursday. The city is also cutting noncritical or discretionary spending and is eliminating overtime work and travel to personnel unrelated to public health or safety.

Officials say adjustments are necessary to prevent a growing budget deficit. City spokeswoman Stacy Weber tells The Blade ( ) newspaper that income tax revenues this year have been less than anticipated, and could fall $4 to $6 million short of expectations.

Officials say they expect the changes will save $1 to $2 million.

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