Phoenix City Council members are expected to cut 22.5% from the $1.2 billion general fund annual budget through fiscal 2010 as sales tax revenues continue to decline as the area’s economy falters.

 Budget officials said spreading the $269.7 million in cuts over 16 months would lessen the impact on services. The shortfall was trimmed earlier by $91.9 million through restructuring the city’s debt and entering into lease-purchase agreements for capital equipment.

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