Rebuilding Indians Hurt City Hall In Pocketbook

CLEVELAND (AP) - The rebuilding of the Cleveland Indians has hurt city hall in the pocketbook.

"We're paying the price for the Indians having a team no one wants to see," said Mayor Jane Campbell.

Campbell blamed this year's financial pinch in part on income-tax revenues, which could fall $7 million short of 2002 budget projections.

She said the decision by the Indians to jettison high-priced players contributed to the problem.

Declining attendance at Indians games also will be felt by the city. Taxes on tickets to events could generate $2 million less than expected.

Campbell has ordered her administration to cut spending for such things as office supplies, travel and training. Safety officials already have imposed measures to reduce overtime.

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