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Library hours, city parks, pools and the popular performing arts center are all on the chopping block in Escondido.

The city is seeking to solve its budget crisis by proposing over $9 million worth of cuts including suspending funding of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, for this year.

The Center has hosted acts such as Vince Gill, Julio Iglesias, Kenny G, Carol Burnett, Queen Latifa, Lee Ann Rimes and Bob Newhart.

"For us to just be put out like a step child because of the economics of everything," explained DeAnna LoCoco with the arts center. "That is not the way to solve a problem."

If the center can't raise the money on it's own, it could be forced to close.

"This is the pulse point of this town," said LoCoco of the center's impact. "This center and this civic center and what has grown up in our little town of Escondido has grown to where it is today because of this central point."

Mayor Pro Tem, Dick Daniels admits losing the center would be tough but says there's not much of a choice for a town that's broke.

"It brings people into the city that otherwise wouldn't come and it's important, but we're going to have to forgo the good things for the absolutely necessary things," said Daniels adding, "It's a very tough cut."

For the arts center there is one thing to do continue fundraising.

"It's about all of us contributing to something that nourishes our soul," said LoCoco.

The cuts would also impact the Escondido Police Department. Four vacant officer positions wouldn't be filled and local schools may need to foot the bill for crossing guards and officers on campus.

This isn't a done deal yet, the final decision on the cuts happens March 3rd.