CHICAGO - After being snubbed by the Detroit City Council, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick yesterday held an impromptu news conference to deliver a "bare-bones" $3 billion fiscal 2009 budget that includes no new spending and is balanced with revenue expected from two major proposals that were shelved by the council last year.

The mayor's $3.04 billion budget for the coming fiscal year calls for hiring 46 new employees, including 14 for the city's understaffed finance department, which officials have said is partly to blame a chronic lateness in releasing annual audits.

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