HOUSTON More than 700 city workers will lose their jobs as part of the 2012 Houston budget during lower tax collections and higher pension obligations.

The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved the $1.8 general fund budget as part of an overall $4 billion spending plan. The Houston Chronicle reports the other $2.2 billion comes from city enterprise funds, such as airport and water utilities that generate user fees.

The budget, which takes effect July 1, is $100 million less than the current spending plan.

Payment of some pension contributions will be deferred. Private donations will help keep more than a dozen pools and community centers open this summer.

Houston is the state s largest city with nearly 2.3 million people. The city has about 21,000 workers.

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