Metro government representatives announced Monday they would like all city departments to cut budgets by 2 percent in the next budget cycle.
Finance Director Rich Riebeling said officials believe that percentage is something each office can handle, but he added it would be more difficult for police, fire and public works.
However, the voluntary retirement buyout program the city is offering is proving to be a good start.
"I think it gives them a time where they can - a unique opportunity to kind of look at their department and see how they can restructure it and to try to save some money long-term for the taxpayers, so I think it's a good opportunity and a good step to lead into this budget," Riebeling said.
Some 440 Metro employees have chosen the voluntary buyouts, including 70 in the Nashville Fire Department.
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