Mayor-Elect Says City's Books Are Messy

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland mayor-elect Jane Campbell (pictured, right) is putting together a financial team to try to get the city's books in order.

She told The Plain Dealer that she wants as much information as possible so she can get a budget together by Feb. 1, as required by city charter. Campbell said that she doesn't yet have particulars on the budget.

Campbell takes control of the Finance Department on Jan. 7. At that time, her so-called financial strike force will review every piece of paper it can to figure out the city's finances.

Mayor Michael White said that Cleveland's 2001 budget would balance at the end of the year, and he denied any implication that the city is in the red.

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