Bristol, Va., Eyes Education, Tourism to Balance Budget

(BRISTOL, Va.) — The latest budget proposal shifts the burden from firefighting to tourism and education.

The Bristol Fire Dept. avoided losing nearly a quarter of its force earlier this week when City Council backed away from that cost-savings plan.

The school system has now dropped a request for additional funding and is even giving back $75,000 allocated for capital improvement projects.

The Chamber of Commerce could see about that same amount in funding cuts while the Birthplace of Country Music Museum faces a 50-percent cut in city funding, from $100,000 to $50,000.

The first reading of the budget is set for June 13.