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Asheville Residents Complain About Budget Cuts

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

A number of Asheville residents don't like possible budget cuts by the city this year.

Asheville faces a $6 million budget gap that city staff members blame on new state laws that take away revenue.

Residents attended a public meeting Wednesday to tell city council what they think about possible cuts.

The cuts could include closing the Western North Carolina Nature Center, along with all city swimming pools. Other reductions could end youth and adult athletic programs and close a fire station.

Jeff Joyce says he doesn't know what young people would do if the city stopped the little league baseball.

Mayor Terry Bellamy told the crowd that Republican lawmakers are undercutting Asheville.

Buncombe County Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca says city officials have misused revenue sources they have.

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