City and school budgets in Augusta, Maine, would lose more than $2 million next year under the governor's proposed state budget, City Manager William Bridgeo says in a memo to the City Council. The city would lose $1.6 million from revenue sharing, as much as $350,000 in teacher-retirement contributions and $115,000 in excise tax on tractor-trailers. "[W]e have entered into a fiscal crisis circumstance where council's options look to be dramatic increases in property tax rates ... or cuts in valued services to a community that has already struggled in this regard over the past four years, or some 'worst of both worlds' combination," Bridgeo wrote.

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