BEAUFORT — The city of Beaufort is looking for ways to share services with the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station to both save the base money and make sure the base remains open.

The Beaufort Gazette reports ( the Pentagon needs to trim almost $500 billion from its budget during the next decade and another round of base closings is expected.

Beaufort officials say the city and the base could benefit from cooperating on shared services, schools and maintenance.

Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson says Monterey, Calif., has a $7 million agreement with three military bases in the area to provide services such as maintenance, fire protection and storm water management.