Wilmington city councilors gathered Friday to work on trimming the fat from the city’s budget. The city faces close to a $7 million shortfall. Councilors say they are hoping to avoid cutting positions or implementing furlough days on city workers. Councilors are considering revamping the city’s parking meter system to help cut costs. This is just a preliminary discussion. Final budget decisions won’t be made for a while.

-Julie Fertig, News 14 Carolina Coastal Reporter