Published: Sep 21, 2010 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 7:48 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's budget battle is getting heated.

City leaders are trying to slash millions to make ends meet.

The big issue Tuesday night - pay cuts for a fire department force that claims it's already stretched too thin.

Now, hundreds of people are packed inside city hall.

Shortly after the meeting started, council members adopted $7.97 per $1,000 of taxable property value as planned.

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