Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

11 quirky budget cuts

From police horses to fireworks to wrangling stray chickens, these cash-strapped cities are eliminating all kinds of services.

1 of 11
Chicken buster gets busted - Miami
Annual savings: $20,000

Some cities have dog catchers. Miami has a chicken catcher -- or at least it did.

Four years ago, Miami residents were overrun with loose chickens. So the city added a full-time Chicken Buster to the payroll with an annual salary of $13,000. Since then, the program has resulted in 15,000 hens and roosters being wrangled and sold to an area farm for a total of $10,000, which was donated to city charities.

But when Miami started squawking about a $118 million budget deficit, civic leaders decided to cancel the program. On top of the Chicken Buster's salary, Miami estimates it will save $7,000 a year in operational costs, including transportation and uniforms.

NEXT: Fireworks fizzle - Chicago
Last updated March 11 2010: 1:59 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Sports teams want you back in the stadium Stadium attendance is down so pro sports teams are using technology to win back fans and get them in their seats. More
Homes in these ZIP codes are selling like crazy Strong job growth, growing interest from Millennials and affordable home prices are attracting home buyers to these cities. More
Working class whites & the government: It's complicated These Clearfield, Pennsylvania, residents are mad at D.C., but want more help. More

Special Offer