11 quirky budget cuts

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

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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.


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Last updated March 11 2010: 1:59 PM ET
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