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NEWORLEANS - Thursday marks the second day of the long budget process at New Orleans City Hall.

More department heads will be at council chambers pleading their case for a spending plan that will be leaner and meaner than the year before.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed a $491 million budget, which is slightly smaller than the 2012 budget.

Landrieu promised there would be no cuts to the New Orleans Police Department and 1,260 officers will remain on the payroll, although the number of officers is far less than before Hurricane Katrina.

He also does not plan on closing any fire houses or making cuts to the New Orleans Fire Department and EMS.

Other departments could face eight to 10 percent in budget cuts, including a proposed 25 percent cut to the mayor's office.

The Law Department, Civil Service Department, Inspector General's Office, Juvenile Court, Registrar of Voter's Office and French Market Corporation will all appear at hearings on Thursday.

Landrieu proposed to eliminate the Human Services Department, which is also set to appear Thursday. He said this department administers grants that go to other departments, primarily the Health Department.

He said the city can save money by letting the departments handle their own grants.

The council's goal is to adopt a balanced budget by November 30.

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